Agricultural damage from the Mount Bullusan eruption at P20.2B


Crop damage mainly due to ash falling from Mount BullusanSunday’s eruption was estimated at more than P20 billion, according to the head of the National Disaster Response Agency.

Under Secretary Ricardo B. Jalad, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said about 3,700 hectares of farmland had been damaged in the vicinity of the Sorsogan volcano.

The Department of Agriculture has observed the damageA 3,698 hectares of crops with a financial value of about P20.2 billion,Mr Jalad spoke in mixed English and Filipino, based on a transcript of a cabinet meeting with President Rodrigo and Duterte on Monday night.

No further details were discussed. SorsogonAccording to the Department of Agriculture, the main crops are paddy, coconut, yellow almonds, maize and banana.

Meanwhile, clearing work continues in the ash-covered communities after a 17-minute eruption and scattering of gray plums on Mount Bulusan Sunday morning.

A total of 2,784 families or 13,920 people were affected, Mr Jalad said. Of these, 65 families consisting of 26 persons have been shifted to the eviction center in Juban town.

CityThe head of disaster management, RV Ledronio, said some of the evicted residents could be allowed to return home by Tuesday.

It isSome residents will probably be allowed to return home today, June 7, as soon as the clearing operation is completed,He said in an interview on the state television network PTV-4 in the Filipino.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Fivolux) bulletin on Tuesday, warning level 1, meaning low level of volcanic instability, was still above Mount Bullusan.

Mr Jalad said all emergency response agencies, including security forces and local government teams, were on high alert. Worst case scenarioA violent eruption MSJ

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