Aborlan declares state of calamity

The Sangguniang Bayan approves the declaration of state of calamity to the Municipality of Aborlan

The municipality of Aborlan declared a state of calamity Friday following widespread flooding brought by the two consecutive typhoons that hit the province.

The Sangguniang Bayan approved the declaration endorsed by the local Municipal disaster risk reduction office (MDRRMO) during a special session held Friday morning.

Jonathan Pizaña, Acting Disaster Risk Reduction Officer said that at least two barangays and over 316 families were displaced by the flooding particularly in Barangay Poblacion and Barangay San Juan of the southern town.

Pizaña said that four houses were destroyed and washed out by the rough winds and heavy rains which started Thursday, December 21. He also said that least 50 other households incurred partial damage caused by severe flooding.

Pizaña said they have estimated the damage to agriculture at around P8M, affecting 600 hectares of farm land and 30 hectares of vegetable farms. At least three carabaos have reportedly died due to the flooding and livestock have been direly affected, prompting the local office to endorse a state of calamity in the whole municipality.

The local DRRMO also recorded initial damage to infrastructure at around P3M.

“Wala pa kaming alam kung kailan i-uplift ‘yung SOC declaration kasi titingnan pa natin kung gaano kalaki ‘yung damage pag labas ni Vinta sa PAR,” Pizaña said.

Residents living along the coastlines and other flooded areas in Aborlan were relocated temporarily to the multi-purpose hall of the municipal office in Barangay Magsaysay and some were moved to San Juan Elementary School for evacuation.

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