ILOILO CITY — At least P820-million worth of rice crops in Western Visayas region were damaged by Typhoon Odette.
“This is just the initial report from the rapid damage assessment. We still cannot really ascertain the real extent of the damage,”said Jimmy Eledial Jr., the focal person of the Department of Agriculture (DA-6) for disaster.
The amount of P820 million is from a combined 53,129 metric tons of rice crops damaged by Odette in 28,777 hectares of rice farms in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces.
“Some of these rice crops were near the process of being harvested, but were damaged” Eledial told Manila Bulletin.
Majority of the damages were due to rice farms being engulfed in floodwaters.
Eledial clarified that the damages will still be validated by field inspection later.
The province of Negros Occidental registered the biggest damage to rice crops, which are worth at least P696.45 million. This was about 44,668 metric tons of rice crops that were damaged from 20,000 hectares of rice farms across the province.
The province of Iloilo had the second biggest damage to rice crops worth at least P99.4 million.
There were also damages to rice crops worth P16.1 million in Antique province; P6 million in Capiz province; and P2.3 million in Aklan province.
The province of Guimaras has yet to submit its data.