PANGASINAN, Philippines – The province lost some P30 million in damages to agriculture especially fishery due to floods spawned by tropical storm Falcon, an initial report released by the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council showed.
As of Sunday afternoon, continuous rains submerged various agricultural areas in Pangasinan causing damage to palay, corn and high value crops. Several fishponds also were flooded causing production losses to marketable and post fingerlings bangus, the state media reported.
In fishery alone, the weather disturbance affected 927 hectares of fishponds resulting in the loss of 129,100 pieces of bangus fingerlings and 50,000 pieces of marketable fishes.
Also affected were palay seedbeds with 1,788 cavans, 300 cavans of harvested and threshed palay, 1,518 hectares of vegetative palay, 197 hectares of newly transplanted palay and 10 hectares of reproductive palay.
Production loss for corn was placed at three metric tons worth P355,000.
The monsoon rains damaged 103 hectares of high value crops including vegetables and root crops with estimated production loss of 44 metric tons valued at P588,000.
Affected were 7,965 families or 46,77 persons in 20 municipalities, while 255 families were evacuated to the 11 evacuation centers in various parts of the province. Most affected towns were Aguilar, Bugallon, Mangatarem and Lingayen.
The water level at the San Roque Dam in San Manuel on Monday morning was recorded at 244.52 meters above sea level (masl), which is still below the 280 masl spilling level.
The monsoon rains also rendered some roads of Pangasinan impassable as of 5 p.m. of Sunday.
The other affected areas were the cities of Dagupan, Urdaneta, and Alaminos City and the towns of San Quintin, Malasiqui, Alcala, Mabini, Umingan, Labrador, Infanta, Basista, Calasiao, Bugallon, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Labrador, Infanta, Bolinao, Burgos, Sta Barbara and Binmaley.