Water shortage hits 3 Hinoba-an villages —mayor

Posted by watchmen
April 4, 2024
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By Jen Baylon

Three barangays in Negros Occidental’s Hinoba-an town have been affected by water shortages due to the ongoing drought, Mayor Daph Anthony Reliquias said yesterday.

Reliquias said the water levels in the town’s Barangays Looc, Asia and Bacuyangan have dropped to below-normal levels.

The three villages are also experiencing water shortages for irrigation.

Reliquias said they have now implemented impounding projects to manage water resources in the locality.

“From the water impounding station, we are using water pumps to supply water to the drying farms,” he said.

The water impounding project will store excess water during periods of higher supply, which can later be utilized when water scarcity becomes more prevalent.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Bureau of Fire Protection are conducting water rationing in the affected villages.

Reliquias said financial assistance for affected farmers is being prepared by the local government unit.

The damage to crops in Hinoba-an was pegged at P2,525,595, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reported as of March 24.

The drought has also affected 178 rice farmers and 180 hectares of farmland across 13 barangays./JB, WDJ

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