CABANATUAN City -- The estimated damage to palay crops were initially assessed at P18.9 million while P174 million worth of irrigation facilities were damaged in Nueva Ecija by Typhoon Ompong, the Division 3 office of the National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems said yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Nueva Ecija police yesterday reported a four months pregnant woman as another casualty of Typhoon Ompong in San Jose City. She was identified as Catherine Garcia, 23, of Zone 1, Bgy. Calaocan.
Senior Supt. Eliseo T. Tanding, provincial police director, said Garcia was pinned to death by an old mango tree, which fell down on her house at the height of the typhoon at 8 a.m. Saturday. She was rushed to San Jose City General Hospital and later moved to Dr. PJGMRMC where she died more than 15 hours after treatment.
At the NIA-UPRIIS, Engr. Jose Ariel G. Domingo, Division 3 chief, said some 756 hectares of farmlands planted to palay that were set to be harvested next month were destroyed after being submerged by floodwaters. The estimated damage cost to palay was placed at P18.9 million, he said.
Affected were 284 farmers in this city and in the towns of Aliaga, Sta. Rosa, Jaen, San Antonio and Zaragosa. San Antonio was the hardest hit with 370 hectares of palay worth P9.2 million, followed by Aliaga with 162 hectares worth P4 million.
Domingo said irrigation infrastructures worth P174 million were also destroyed -- the scoured embankments and excavation canal of the Pampanga-Bongabon River Irrigation Systems and the Pinagsugalan Creek and Sanggalang Creek in Jaen, damaged canal and roadways in Cabanatuan and Sta. Rosa, damaged steelgates and floodway/control in Zaragosa, and the damaged sloped protection dikes in San Antonio and Aliaga.