Borongan City, Eastern Samar – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) declared nine (9) municipalities in Eastern Samar under state of calamity after after heavy rains last 16 December 2016 pounded many parts of the country, including the Eastern Visayas, resulting to severe flooding in these areas.
Towns that were declared under state of calamity are Jipapad, Maslog, Oras, Dolores, Can-avid, Taft, Sulat, Arteche and San Policarpo, all of Eastern Samar.
These towns were declared under state of calamity “due to heavy continuous rainfall last December 16, 2016 resulting to severe flooding, landslides, damage to houses, infrastructures and vast agricultural areas,” SP Resolution 16-61 of 2016 states.
The declaration “authorize the utilization of the calamity fund for the relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and other works or services in the affected areas.”
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) meanwhile, reported that there were 16,426 families who had been affected to include 72,962 persons in 106 barangays. 52,674 individuals out of 12,203 families were displaced.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) still has to consolidate the figures of damaged houses, infrastructures and agricultural products.
Vice Governor Marcelo Ferdinand Picardal urged the Local Government Units (LGUs) to fastrack the interventions to these highly affected areas.
“Makasurubo ini nga natabo ha aton probinsiya ngan naghahangyo ako nga magburublig kita pagtabang ha aton mga kabugtoan nga apektado hini nga mga pagbabaha,” the vice governor said.
“What happened to our province is saddening and I enjoin everyone to help our brothers who are affected in these floods.”
Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defence Region 8 have already warned the public to brace up for typhoon Nina (international name “NOCK-TEN” as it has already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Severe Tropical Storm Nina was estimated at 960 kilometers East of Guiuan in Eastern Samar with maximum sustained winds of up to 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.
The state weather bureau said that the storm is forecasted to move West Northwest at 25 kph. It is expected to make a landfall in Eastern Visayas on Christmas Day, 25 December 2016. (Bryan Azura)