Cebu City placed under state of calamity due to El Niño

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) — Cebu City joined the list of areas which have declared a state of calamity because of El Niño.

The Cebu City Council approved the declaration during a special session on Friday.

The city agriculture office has estimated a P27.58-million crop production damage, which affected 28 upland barangays (villages) including 668 farmers and 3,143 households.

The Cebu provincial government earlier declared state of calamity on March 26 for the same reasons.

Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak said the release of calamity funds will aid farmers through procurement of hoses and purchase of farm materials such as vegetable seeds and fertilizers.

The ₱27-million fund will also be used to buy "veterinary biologics" to help damaged livestock in the upland villages.

Low-lying areas of Cebu City-- specifically 47 barangays-- have also been hit by low water supply.

The provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay, as well as Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur have also been under a state of calamity.

The Agriculture Department has reported about ₱4 billion in production losses nationwide as of April. Weather officials said the impact of El Niño will last until June.