Floods destroy P5M worth of crops in Kabacan

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/29 January) – At least P5 million worth of crops were destroyed when flashfloods hit at least 10 villages in Kabacan town in North Cotabato last week, reports from the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) said.

Continuous rains since Friday damaged about 700 hectares of rice fields, at least 70 percent of which had no chance to recover, the MAO added.

Among the worst hit were barangays Malanduague, Pedtad, Bangilan, Katidtuan, Bannawag, Pisan, Kilagasan, Upper Paatan, Cuyapon and Salapungan.

These villages, mostly situated along the banks of the Paidu Pulangi and Liguasan marsh, were among those hit by typhoon Pablo on December 4.

Latest data from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office said some 2,000 families were displaced when the floodwaters reached waist-deep. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)