Batangas province now under state of calamity

The province of Batangas has been declared in a state of calamity effective Tuesday (Dec. 27) due to the devastation of Typhoon "Nina".

In a report from the provincial information office (PIO) received Wednesday, the provincial legislative council (Sanggunian Panlalawigan) headed by Vice Governor Nas Ona convened in a special session on Tuesday approved Resolution No. N-397-2016 placing the whole province in a state of calamity due to Typhoon "Nina" upon the request of Governor Dodo Mandanas.

Based on the assessment of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) headed by Lito Castro, more than 3,000 families or more than 12,000 individuals were affected by the typhoon that also destroyed more than 3,000 houses.

In the town of Tingloy where Typhoon "Nina" made a landfall on Monday, 250 houses were totally damaged and 1,303 houses suffered partial damage.

Typhoon "Nina" also damaged the wharf, while big waves and strong current caused the sinking of MV Starlight Atlantic, where some of the crew are still missing.

On the other hand, the MBCA San Miguel 12 vessel was swept by strong waves to the shore of nearby Lobo town with no reported casualty and missing crew.

Relief operations in the towns of Tingloy, Mabini and island village of Isla Verde are undergoing.

Source: Philippines News Agency