'Fabian' leaves P151M damage to infra, livestock, agri-fisheries in Bulacan

Published July 30, 2021, 9:20 AM

by Freddie Velez

The Provincial Government of Bulacan has reported a total of P151,063,817.08 million worth of damage to infrastructure, livestock, agriculture, and fisheries due to heavy monsoon rains enhanced by Typhoon Fabian in the province.

(Bulacan PIO)

Losses to rice (palay) from 1,147.60 hectares with 907 farmers affected were estimated at P20,643,227.18; vegetable from 66.57 hectares with 426 farmers affected — P15,400,455.64; corn from 0.48 hectares with two farmers affected — P5,214; and fishery from 1,544.19 area with 465 affected fishermen — P52,952,320.26.

Damage to infrastructure was estimated at P62,050,000 million as reported by the Provincial Engineer’s Office. Losses to livestock were placed at P12,600, according to the Provincial Veterinary Office.

A total of 756 families or 2,553 individuals displaced by heavy rains, high tide, and the release of excess water from Ipo and Bustos Dams, are temporarily being housed in 60 evacuation centers while 527 families or 1,643 individuals sought shelter at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

PDRRMO executive officer Felicisima Mungcal said the evacuees came from seven villages in Bulakan town; eight villages from Calumpit; seven villages in the City of Malolos; five in Paombong; four in Hagonoy; one from Barangay Dampol 1st in Pulilan; three in Bocaue; two in Guiguinto; two in Balagtas, and one from Barangay Pag-asa in Obando for a total of 40 villages.

On July 28 and 29, Ipo Dam released a total of 341,8 cms of excess water equivalent to 134.252 inches or more than 11.16666 feet. Bustos Dam also released 400 cms. of water equivalent to 157.4803 inches or more than 13.06333 feet.