‘Luis’, Habagat put Ilocos Norte under state of calamity

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After taking a beating from heavy rain from Tropical Depression Luis and the monsoon in past weeks, Ilocos Norte has been placed under a state of calamity.

Members of the provincial board unanimously approved a proposed provincial ordinance declaring the province under state of calamity.

Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo Marcos Barba said local government units in barangay, municipal and provincial levels have enough calamity fund to assist those affected.

Barba said the LGUs will be allowed to utilize their five-percent calamity fund.

A fisherman identified as Ernesto Manzano, 71, died of hypothermia when he went fishing on Friday despite heavy rain. He had a heart condition.

On the other hand, provincial authorities estimated the damage from the heavy rain at P111,050,162 as of Saturday, Aug. 25.

This included P65.4 million in infrastructure including flood and river control projects, roads, bridges, and irrigation facilities.

Another P45.5 million in damage was estimated on agriculture, such as rice fields, fisheries, high value commercial crops, and livestock.

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