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Ormoc, Carigara, Biliran under state of calamity

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A state of calamity has been declared over the regions of Ormoc, Carigara, and Biliran as tropical depression “Urduja” rampaged over its cities over the weekend and Monday morning.

According to Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, a state of calamity has been declared by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council as the storm continues to ravage the city.

Meanwhile, Biliran Governor Gerardo Espina said that its area was forced to declare a state of calamity as floods and landslides triggered by the storm caused the evacuation of over 80,000 residents.

According to Espina, many areas in Biliran have been isolated after bridges collapsed and roads were damaged.

Meanwhile, the Carigara Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the town was placed under a state of calamity on Saturday, December 17 due to “risks and damages” caused by Urduja.

Carigara is the third municipality in Eastern Visayas to be placed under a state of calamity.

According to the weather bureau, tropical depression Urduja has weakened into a low-pressure area and is now moving towards the West Philippine Sea, it has sustained maximum winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts of up to 60 kph.

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, they have already mobilized relief operations to the affected parts of the country as a stockpile of 368,000 family food packs worth Php 223 million await distribution.

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