Calamity declared in Masantol, 13K families affected
The town of Masantol in Pampanga province was placed under a state of calamity after almost 13,000 families were affected by the floods brought on by the southwest monsoon and Typhoon Fabian.
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) officially placed the town under a state of calamity on the recommendation of Masantol Mayor Danilo Guintu.
Torrential rains flooded the town’s 26 barangays, officials said.
“The declaration of state of calamity will let us mobilize our funds so we can immediately provide relief assistance to affected residents,” Guintu was quoted as saying in a Sun Star Pampanga report.
The report said a total of 5,000 relief packs were being readied for distribution to affected communities.
Three evacuation centers were put up in Barangays Sagrada Familia, Malauli and Bebe Anac.
“We are utilizing school buildings now because our evacuation centers are being used as isolation facilities. As precaution against Covid-19, we are implementing two families per classroom only,” the mayor said.
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