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LABUYO AFTERMATH | Gov't declares state of calamity in parts of Aurora and Zambales

A school building in Casiguran, Aurora lies in ruins after it was destroyed by Typhoon Labuyo. (Photo credit: Philippine Army)

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MANILA, Philippines - The government declared several areas in the provinces of Aurora and Zambales under a state of calamity following the devastation brought about by typhoon Labuyo this week, the Palace reported Friday.

Among the areas placed under a state of calamity were Dinalungan, Casiguran and Dilasag, all in Aurora, and Candelaria, Santa Cruz and Masinloc in Zambales, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing in Malacanang.

Valte said the government is still in the post-typhoon operations and as of 5 a.m. Friday, she said a total of 76 fishermen have been rescued in the provinces of Pangasinan, Catanduanes, and Camarines Norte.

The casualty figure has not gone up, Valte said, which was pegged at eight. Seven people were injured and four are still missing.

A total of 84,571 families were affected in 87 municipalities, six cities, 16 provinces in Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

The number of those stranded has gone down, Valte said, adding that at the moment, there are 25 passengers who remain stranded.

The number of damaged houses remains the same with a total of 20,136 for Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, and CAR, the NDRRMC reported.

Relief goods worth a total of P12,191,826.99  have been distributed to affected families and stranded persons, she said. 

 

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