Samar province now under state of calamity

CALBAYOG CITY, July 17 (PNA) — The province of Samar has been placed under a state of calamity following the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s (SP) approval of resolution No. 14-112-14 effecting the declaration during its regular session on Wednesday.

In an interview, Board Member Allan Diomangay said that based on the partial report of the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) it is already necessary to approve such resolution so that it will be easy for the provincial government to mobilize and extend whatever assistance the Samar residents needed.

It was learned that the province through the PDRRMC initially released P1 million to be used for relief operations.

According to the partial report of PDRRMC, at least 21,867 families; 64,337 individuals were displaced by Typhoon Glenda.

PDRRMC likewise reported two casualties – 70-year-old Benita Behas from Tarangnan and one from Jiabong who was not yet identified as of press time.

The report likewise added that at least 2,000 hectares of fishpond was totally flooded with an estimated cost of damage amounting to Php5 million to Php7 million.

PDRRMC is waiting for reports from the municipal risk reduction and management officers on the extent of damage of the typhoon on agriculture, infrastructure and the number of families affected in their respective localities.

Meanwhile, in Calbayog City, based on the partial report of the City Social Welfare and Development Office at least 1,985 families or 10,234 individuals from the 26 barangays of the city were displaced by Typhoon Glenda.

Further, 1,829 houses were partially damaged and 156 were totally damaged. According to the CSWDO report, most of the damaged houses were made of light materials and situated along the shoreline. Seven people were also reported injured.

On the other hand, P1.11 million worth of damages on crops and fishery in the city’s agriculture was stated on the partial report of the City Agriculture Office with 152 farmers affected.

Damages to rice areas and vegetables were initially pegged at P359,000 and P440,000, respectively.

In fisheries, six motorized boats were destroyed with the value amounting to P86,000. (PNA)