DESTRUCTIVE WEATHER. Over 38 hectares of various crops worth PHP9.1 million were reported damaged in Agusan del Norte province due to flooding caused by the shear line that affected most parts of the Caraga Region for four days, starting Dec. 24, 2022. The weather disturbance also affected 1,279 families or 5,603 individuals in the province alone. (Screenshot from DOST PAGASA Hinatuan Facebook Page)

BUTUAN CITY – At least PHP9.1 million worth of crops were destroyed by shear line-spawned rains that recently hit Agusan del Norte, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) reported Friday.

In a report, the PDRRMO said 38.2 hectares of agricultural land were also damaged by flooding, particularly in four barangays of Santiago municipality.

The damaged crops included 13.9 hectares of vegetables, 13.5 hectares of corn, and 10.7 hectares of the rice harvest.

The biggest damage to crops was recorded in Barangay Tagbuyacan in Santiago municipality, where PHP6.3 million worth of vegetables, rice and corn produce were destroyed by the flood.
The shear line dumped heavy rains for four days starting Dec. 24 and caused floods and landslides in the different parts of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands.

Nearly 200,000 residents in these four provinces were directly affected by the disaster.

“The calamity also damaged 83 motorized boats of fishermen in eight coastal barangays in the towns of Buenavista and Carmen,” the PDRRMO said.

The report added that 91 houses were destroyed while 322 others were partially damaged at the height of the weather disturbance in 19 barangays situated in the towns of Carmen, Santiago, Nasipit, and Buenavista.

Around 1,279 families or 5,603 individuals were affected by the calamity in the province. (PNA)