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Province of Laguna placed under state of calamity
MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression Maring has left millions of pesos of damages to agriculture and infrastructure and has affected thousands of families.
This prompted the local government unit of Laguna to place the province under a state of calamity, Rommel Palacol, head of the Laguna Action Center and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said the storm has left P12-million damages to roads, and more than P6-million to agriculture.
More than 1,600 families or equivalent to 4,400 individuals have been evacuated due to flash floods and landslides.
“We have reached the requirements in terms of number of affected people. 20% of the population. The amount of the damages is the reason for the declaration of a state of calamity,” Palacol said.
Areas severely affected include the towns of San Pedro, Biñan, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, Los Baños, Calauan, Bae, Nagcarlan, Victoria, Pila, Sta. Cruz, Mabitac, Siniloan and Pagsanjan.
Aside from this, more than 200 houses have been washed out in the village of Parian Calamba during the onslaught of the tropical depression and the flash floods coming from San Cristobal River.
“This would help in the release of funds that can be used for the immediate rehabilitation,” Palacol added.
Based on the data of the PDRRMO, two were killed and five remain missing in the City of Calamba. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue