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Ompong-hit areas are now under a state of calamity

Government workers clear a partially damaged road after Typhoon Mangkhut hit the main island of Luzon, in Sta Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines, September 15, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Several local government units (LGU)  declared a state of calamity on Sunday due to the damages brought by Typhoon Ompong in the country.

Authorities estimated that around 25,000 individuals from different regions were affected, while, at least 60 others died due to the onslaught caused by Typhoon Ompong. Some officials declared a state of calamity in Cagayan after typhoon Ompong destroyed homes and forced thousands of residents there to flee over the weekend.

The province of Kalinga has also been placed under a state of calamity. Other areas also declared a state of calamities such as Tuguegarao City, abra, Benguet, Ilagan City in Isabela, and Mayoyao in Ifugao.

Ompong, with an international name Mangkhut, made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan early Saturday as the strongest typhoon to hit the country so far this year, according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

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