Floods destroy P40M in crops, infra

Carly Garcia, acting municipal social welfare and development officer, told MindaNews that the floods damaged several farm-to-market roads, bridges, personal properties, irrigation facilities and various crops.

"We're still assessing the exact damage but the initial reports from the field show that all our barangays were affected by the floods,” Garcia said.

She said at least 13 families in Poblacion, Polomolok have evacuated to safer grounds following two incidents of flooding along the Maria Rosa Creek.

She said five houses were washed out b the flashfloods while the other families decided to abandon their homes for safety reasons.

The official said the municipal government of Polomolok has already distributed food assistance and other supplies to the victims.

Wilfredo Jandic, municipal administrator, initially placed the damage caused by the floods at P30 to P40 million.

He said at least 14 barangays have submitted damage reports due to the effects of the floods.

Aside from infrastructure, the floods also affected fishponds and livestock in barangays located at the lowland portion of the town, he said.

He added they are set to meet with officials of Dole Philippines and the barangays affected by the calamity to assess further damages and determine the immediate assistance needed by the victims.