Cagayan under state of calamity due to floods

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2019   •   497

MANILA, Philippines – The province of Cagayan has been placed under a state of calamity on Friday due to flooding following heavy rains brought about by the northeast monsoon and tail-end of a cold front affecting Northern Luzon.

The declaration follows the request of Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba to allow the government to tap the local calamity fund for relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Local authorities said severe flooding affected 18 areas in the province that paralyzed transportation and damaged a number of infrastructure and crops.

Aside from Cagayan, the province of Catanduanes has also declared a state of calamity after it sustained heavy damages from the onslaught of recent typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri).

Naga City declares state of calamity

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2019

NAGA CITY, Philippines – The City Council has decided to place the entire city of Naga under state of calamity following the devastation caused by Typhoon Tisoy.

The declaration will allow the local government access to its calamity fund to provide for the needs of the affected residents.

As of Wednesday morning, power lines in the entire city remained cut but authorities said they are now working on restoring power.

On Monday, Typhoon Tisoy made landfall in the nearby province of Sorsogon which caused massive damage in affected cities.

According to state weather service PAGASA, Tisoy is expected to leave the country by Thursday.

City officials said they have already started clearing operations since Wednesday morning. MNP (with inputs from Nel Maribojoc)

Albay, Sorsogon to declare state of calamity due to Typhoon Tisoy

Marje Pelayo   •   December 3, 2019

Villagers ride a truck as they are evacuated in anticipation of an approaching typhoon in Legaspi city, Albay province, Philippines, 02 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ZALRIAN SAYAT

BICOL Region, Philippines – The provincial governments of Sorsogon and Albay are preparing to declare a state of calamity on Tuesday (December 3) due to the impact of Typhoon Tisoy.

Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero said the typhoon has already caused P667 million worth of damage to agriculture and fisheries in the province.

The provincial government is still assessing the extent of damage to infrastructure.

The provincial board is set to convene at 1:00 PM today to discuss appropriate actions upon official declaration.

Meanwhile, APSEMO Department Head Cedric Daep said the province is also set to announce a state of calamity as initial assessment revealed huge damages in the province.

 “Pinakamalaking damage natin ay ang sa airport. May mga government buildings din na na-damage,” Daep said.

So far, Daep said, there are no reports yet of casualties from the typhoon.

The official also confirmed that Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has already signed the recommendation to declare the province under state of calamity “as soon as possible.” – MNP (with details from Roderic Mendoza, Joan Nano)

Cagayan under state of calamity due to floods brought by Typhoon ‘Quiel’

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The provincial government of Cagayan has declared a state of calamity on Friday due to severe flooding brought about by Typhoon ‘Quiel.’

According to the Office of Civil Defense, around 12 areas in northern Cagayan were inundated with floodwaters due to days of heavy rains.

Local disaster officials earlier reported three people died due to drowning and landslide, and more than 4,000 families were affected by the typhoon.

Based on the latest bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), ‘Quiel’ was last spotted 430 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of 150 kph while moving southwest at 10 kph.

The typhoon is not expected to make a landfall. It is forecasted to exit the Philippine area of responsibility between Friday and Saturday morning.

Residents of Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Apayao and Ilocos Norte as well as Mindoro Provinces, Palawan, and Western Visayas are advised to take precautionary measures due to heavy rains that may prevail in these areas.

Sea travel is also risky, especially for small sea vessels, over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions, the PAGASA said.

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