Agri damage from 'Usman' hits P195 million

Agri damage from 'Usman' hits P195 million
People wade through a flooded street in the town of Baao in Camarines Sur province on December 30, 2018. Four people were killed in landslides and thousands of others evacuated from their homes after a storm swept through the central Philippine islands on December 29, officials said.
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MANILA, Philippines — Damage to agriculture in areas hit by Tropical Depression Usman climbed to P195.36 million as of Sunday afternoon.

Data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center showed that damage to rice crops alone is at P177.4 million, state-run Philippine News Agency reported.

Damage to rice crops is pegged at 7,352 metric tons in potential volume production loss over 8,844 hectares of farmland in Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes Sorsogon and Samar.

An estimated 6,318 rice farmers have been affected by the tropical depression, the report read.
Meanwhile, damage to corn has reached P976,267 with volume production loss of 11 metric tons in Albay, Camarines Sur and Masbate.

Damage to high-value crops, such as fruit trees, assorted vegetables and root crops, is at P16.97 million with 1,132 metric tons volume production loss.

A total of 428 hectares and 1,277 farmers of high-value crops have been affected in Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon.

As of Sunday afternoon, at least 61 casualties have been reported while 18 persons are still missing and 12 are reported injured. Most of the reported casualties are from Bicol, one of the most affected regions.

The weather disturbance has left the country's territory but will still continue to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Luzon. Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboards of the Visayas due to the northeast monsoon or "amihan." — Patricia Lourdes Viray

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: December 31, 2018 - 9:30am

The state weather bureau says Metro Manila may experience 34 degrees Celsius temperature on Sunday.

The heat index forecast also showed 38 to 39 degrees Celsius for Metro Manila. The heat index is the amount of human discomfort or what people perceive or feel in the air temperature.

On Saturday, Metro Manila recorded 34.9 degrees Celsius temperature.

December 31, 2018 - 9:30am

PAGASA says the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will experience cloudy skies with rain on New Year's Eve due to the northeast monsoon or "amihan."

The rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will experience fair weather. The islands of Visayas and Mindanao will also experience fair weather.

Meanwhile, the LPA that used to be Tropical Depression Usman was already outside the Philippine area of responsibility as of Sunday morning.

There are no other weather disturbances that may enter PAR in the next three to five days.

December 25, 2018 - 11:17am

An LPA is forecast to enter the Philippine area of responsibility between Tuesday, Christmas day, and Wednesday dawn.

As of 3 a.m., it was spotted at 1,060 km east of Mindanao. 

PAGASA says good weather is expected this week in Metro Manila and Legazpi City.

Meanwhile, cloudy conditions are expected in Metro Cebu on Friday as the LPA nears. It is forecast to intensify into a typhoon before it reaches Cebu area. 

December 24, 2018 - 9:47am

The LPA being monitored by PAGASA was located at 80 km northwest of Cuyo, Palawan as of 3 a.m. today. It remains unlikely to develop into a tropical cyclone.

Meanwhile, another LPA still outside the Philippine area of responsibility is being monitored by PAGASA.

It is located 1,5515 km east of Mindanao and may enter PAR on Christmas day. PAGASA says it has the possibility to intensify into a tropical cyclone.

The LPAs and the northeast monsoon are the reason behind the rainy weather in the country.

Good weather is seen in the key cities of Metro Manila, Legazpi, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao on Christmas day. Baguio City, on the other hand, is forecast to experience cloudy skies with rains.

December 22, 2018 - 9:22am

The LPA being monitored by PAGASA remains unlikely to develop into a tropical cyclone.

It was last spotted at 690 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the state weather bureau said in its update early Saturday morning.

The LPA brings cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers on the regions of Bicol, Mimaropa and Caraga, and the Visayas.

December 21, 2018 - 8:48am

PAGASA says good weather is expected on Christmas eve and Christmas day in key cities in the Philippines. This includes Metro Manila, Baguio, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rains are forecast over Legaspi City on Christmas eve while improved weather conditions are expected on Christmas day.

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