El Niño damages P121.7-M in Cebu

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The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) yesterday reported that the damage to agriculture caused by lingering long dry spell in the province has already reached P121.7 million.

Cebu PDRRMO operations head Rhee Telen Jr. said that of the seven cities and 44 towns in the province, at least 35 were already affected by the dry spell.

Telen added as of 22 May, the dry spell has already affected7,622 farmers and 962 fishermen.

Among the areas hardest hit by the dry spell hit hard are the cities of Bogo, Carcar, Danao, Mandaue, Naga and Toledo and the municipalities of Alcantara, Alegria, Aloguinsan, Asturias , Badia and Balamban.

Many of the affected cities and towns were already placed under the state of calamity.

The PDRRMO has already utilized more than P30 million of its P59 million quick response fund for 2019 in which P10 million was used to buy sacks of rice and canned goods for the affected farmers.

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