Agri damage due to habagat now at nearly ₱700M

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) — The estimated damage to agriculture caused by the southwest monsoon, enhanced by Typhoon Fabian (international name: In-Fa), has climbed to almost ₱700 million, the Department of Agriculture reported.

Losses as of August 2 stood at ₱698.53 million, the department's disaster management unit said Monday.

Affected were 26,994 farmers from the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region and Western Visayas, according to the DA's Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center.

Monsoon rains hit commodities including rice, corn, high value crops, livestock and poultry, fisheries, and agri-infrastructures, the center said.

The DA assured standby funds for those affected by habagat, which also earlier triggered flooding and landslides in a number of areas.

Habagat continues to affect the country, the state weather bureau said Tuesday. It is being enhanced by a low-pressure area outside the Philippine area of responsibility, weather specialist Meno Mendoza of Philippine Administration of Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services said Tuesday in a briefing. The LPA, last seen north of extreme northern Luzon, is not expected to enter PAR, he added.

In the next 24 hours, the southwest monsoon will bring scattered to widespread moderate to at times heavy rains in Ilocos Region, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Zambales, and Bataan, PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, occasional downpour will be experienced in Pampanga, Bulacan, Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley, according to the weather bureau.

The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, are seen to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated showers or thunderstorms.