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2 Iloilo towns placed under state of calamity due to El Niño

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The Municipality of Lambunao in Iloilo province has declared a state of calamity due to the drought caused by El Niño phenomenon.

It is the second town in the province, after Bingawan, to be placed under a state of calamity.

Mayor Jason Gonzales said crop damage caused by El Niño has reached P164,107,800, affecting around 3,588 farmers.

“Our total agricultural losses in value is P164 million, mostly covering rice, corn, bananas, and various vegetables,” he said.

A total of 4,140 households or more than 20 percent of their households have been affected by the dry spell.

Gonzales said 30 percent of the households suffer water shortages because most of the water sources have dried up.

With a state of calamity declaration, the town can utilize around P9 million in calamity funds as part of El Niño mitigation measures.

The fund, the politiko added, will be used to purchase fire trucks to address the lack of access to potable water among residents.