TAGBILARAN CITY – Gov. Edgar Chatto last night disclosed that the province of Bohol was placed under a state of calamity in the aftermath of tropical storm “Seniang” that dumped continuous heavy downpour last night and caused flooding in some areas and left scores of damages of infra and agriculture. The declaration came following the special session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session yesterday noon and assessment of the situation by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) chaired by the governor.
Vice-Gov. Concepcion Lim presided over the said session called for the purpose of declaring the state of calamity, Chatto said.It was learned that by said declaration, the provincial government would be able to use the five percent set aside in the provincial budget for post-disaster activities. The governor said he has dispatched rescue teams and mobilized distribution of ready-to-eat food and relief goods to mostly affected families in the towns of Loboc and other areas hit by the “Seniang.”
He also bared that a C-130 plane of the Philippine Airforce is expected to land at the airport today to bring in more or additional relief goods and help. Additional medicines are also expected from C-130 for those residents affected by water-borne diseases as a result of the flooding of some towns, the governor added.
The governor said that the council is still collating data and report of the damages brought about by the stormHe also reported that the bailey bridge of Makapiko river connecting Hanopol, Balilihan and Batuan towns washed out due to the flash floods. But there was no estimate yet of the damage.
Aside from this, BNT learned that the two approaches of the Anislag Bridge in Maribojoc town have been damaged by the swell of water as a result of the storm.