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Provinces declare state of calamity after Tisoy’s onslaught

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) — Several provinces have declared a state of calamity following the onslaught of 'Tisoy' (international name: Kammuri) who has left at least 12 people dead.

The local governments of Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, and Albay have all declared a state of calamity Wednesday after being badly hit by the storm.

The declaration of a state of calamity allows for the release funds and necessary action to aid in recovery efforts in a specific area after a catastrophic event.

Naga City, Calbayog City, and the town of Arteche in Eastern Samar have also declared states of calamity due to the destruction wrought by the storm.

According to authorities, most of the fatalities were from the regions of Mimaropa and Bicol, where Tisoy, which entered the country as a typhoon on Saturday, made four landfalls.

Apart from deaths, large swathes of farmland have also been damaged, destroying crops such as rice, bananas, and corn.

Initial reports show that ₱811,519,086 worth of crops were damaged in Calabarzon and Bicol, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a report Wednesday. 

The agency said a total of ₱250 million in aid was set aside to fund the rehabilitation of agricultural crops, livestock, poultry, and fishing gear.



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