CamSur declared under State of Calamity anew
PILI, Camarines Sur – Even as Typhoon Juaning has not yet left the country’s area of responsibility and still wreaking havoc in Central and Northern Luzon, CamSur chalked up close to 20,000 families composed of over 90,000 constituents of 19 barangays in 19 towns affected by the tropical storm.
This was disclosed during the meeting of Provincial Disaster Risk Management Council (PDRRMC) Tuesday, July 26 at the Provincial Capitol called by Gov. LRay Villafuerte and presided over by Provincial Administrator Fermin Mabulo, prompting the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to hold a special session the same afternoon and pass a resolution lifting the state of calamity declared after Typhoon Bebeng last May and place the province under a new state of calamity under Typhoon Juaning.
Only one casualty from drowning and four missing in Bato, however, were reported confirmed with a death in Calabanga from a heart attack that may have been indirectly typhoon-related.
Extensive losses in agriculture and infrastructure that have not been fully collated are also anticipated.
Of medium force but characterized by unusually heavy and prolonged rains, the initial effects of Typhoon Juaning were felt as early as Sunday before any intensity signal was announced in the province, mainly from floodwaters in riverine and lakeside localities and other low-lying areas.
Consequently, close to 5,000 families composed of around 25,000 constituents had to evacuate to more elevated places, many of them with very little preparations, if at all.
Gov. Villafuerte immediately activated contingency activities upon notice of typhoon warning and has mobilized and is presently personally directing rescue and relief operation in affected areas. GBC/MMEC