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Camarines Sur under state of calamity in wake of Rolly

JC Gotinga

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Camarines Sur under state of calamity in wake of Rolly

A portion of a water sports complex in Pili, Camarines Sur is seen destroyed by Super Typhoon Rolly on Monday, November 2, 7:15 am.

Photo from George Billones

Camarines Sur in the Bicol region is one of several provinces that felt the full fury of Super Typhoon Rolly

The provincial government of Camarines Sur on Monday November 2, placed the province under a state of calamity, a day after Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) smashed through the Bicol region and left at least 20 people dead.

Camarines Sur in the Bicol region is one of several provinces that saw Rolly at its peak strength when it made landfall on Sunday morning, November 1.

The provincial board of councilors declared a state of calamity “due to strong winds and torrential rains, as well as extensive flooding and [damage] brought about by Typhoon ‘Rolly,'” as stated in Resolution No. 235 Series of 2020.

Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte gave reporters a copy of the document on Monday afternoon. It was signed by his son, Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis “Migz” Villafuerte.

Placing a province under a state of calamity authorizes the provincial government to use its emergency funds and to reprogram other funds for disaster response. It also imposes a price ceiling on basic goods, and allows no-interest government loans to people most affected by a disaster.

Camarines Sur is the home province of Vice President Leni Robredo. She visited on Monday, and shared photos showing fallen trees and power lines, as well as flooded villages with badly damaged houses.

Vice President Leni Robredo inspects households along the coastline of Brgy. Sabang, Calabanga, Camarines Sur, on Monday, November 2, 2020. Photo from the OVP.

The entire Bicol region was without electricity as of Monday, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

Super Typhoon Rolly affected more than two million people in Luzon and the Visayas. Now out over the West Philippine Sea, it is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday morning, November 3. –

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JC Gotinga

JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.