Monday, December 26, 2016

Albay declares state of calamity
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 26 (PNA)--The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay held a special session to pass Resolution No. 255-2016 declaring the entire province of Albay under a state of calamity due to typhoon Nina.

Vice Governor Harold Imperial today said a P23 million calamity fund is available so the province could recover from the damage wrought by typhoon Nina.

He said the typhoon has caused heavy damage in the entire province, particularly in the first and second districts.

The first district is composed of Tiwi, Malinao, Malilipot, Bacacay and Tabaco City while the third district consists of the towns of Guinobatan, Oas, Polangui, Libon and Ligao City.

In the third district, especially in Polangui town, 70 percent of the houses have been totally destroyed, said Imperial.

The provincial government of Albay has been evacuating a quarter of a million families since Friday evening. These were the villagers threatened by strong winds, flood, mud and lahar flows, storm surges and landslides.

On Sunday evening, the state weather bureau declared Albay under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3.

Meanwhile, personnel of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines have been working 24/7 to restore power transmission service after an outage hit portions of Albay province. (PNA)
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