MANILA—Damage to farmlands and fishing communities caused by typhoon Ursula has increased to P1.35 billion, as reports from Bicol and Eastern Visayas were added, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said in a statement.
Production losses in rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, agri-infrastructure facilities and irrigation affected more than 79,700 farmers and fisherfolk in those two regions.
Agriculture Sec. William Dar, meanwhile, assured communities that his department will fast-track delivering livelihood aid to typhoon-hit communities, such as planting materials for farmers and boats and paraphernalia for fisherfolk in Capiz and Occidental Mindoro.
The DA's regional field offices are also crafting rehabilitation plans for storm-affected areas, which will should be finalized in January.
Ursula, the last typhoon of 2019, has left at least 47 people dead.