Tropical Storm “Pedring” Update

29 Sep

Now that the skies are already clear, Typhoon Pedring has already leave our country but leaving us also with an official death toll of 21, 10 of those were children ranging from 7 months – 10 years old according to government officials.

According to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) yesterday (September 28, 2011), 21 people died, 25 more were injured and 33 missing.

Initial damaged to agriculture and infrastructure were peg at Php 729M, according to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

Damage to palay/rice crops is pegged at P654 million, affecting 39,175 metric tons; for corn, damage is estimated at P69 million affecting 6,322 MT; for high value crops, the amount is pegged at P1.6 million affecting 110 MT and for the fisheries sector, damage is estimated at P4 million. Alcala said that about 75 percent of standing palay crops may have been affected by Typhoon Pedring and estimated that only 25 percent of the standing palay crop was harvested before the typhoon hit. Initial figures from agriculture officials in Isabela report that hard hit were palay crops, with some 51,391 hectares with an estimated 29,251 metric tons of palay worth P487 million. Corn crops with an estimated production of 192.1 MT with a value of P2.1 million were affected. Local officials of Bulacan Province, however, noted that damage in agriculture was four times worse than what they incurred two years ago. Earlier, Alcala had expressed optimism over a 22 percent increase in palay production for the third quarter of this year. He had been hoping that Pedring would not cause that much damage to standing palay crops that are about ready for harvesting. But with the damage caused by Typhoon Pedring that figure may no longer be achieved.

As our authorities are doing clearing operations and repairing damaged infrastructures, PAGASA spotted a tropical cyclone off Pacific Ocean which chall be named “Quiel” (International Name: Nalgae), which is expected to enter Philippine Area of Responsibilities within the next 24 hours and is likely to cross the same area hit by Typhoon Pedring.



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