Ilocos Sur governor approves state of calamity after Maring onslaught

The provincial government of Ilocos Sur declared a state of calamity on Monday, October 18, after Severe Tropical Storm Maring (Kompasu) battered the province last week.

The provincial board passed Resolution No. 0565-2021 during a virtual session on Sunday, October 13. It was approved by Governor Ryan Luis Singson on Monday, allowing the province to use its Quick Response Fund to bring relief to disaster-stricken residents in 387 villages.

Ilocos Sur is the second province in the Ilocos Region to declare a state of calamity due to Maring. La Union issued a similar declaration on Friday, October 15.

Ilocos Sur's provincial disaster risk reduction and management council reported that Maring left P671 million ($13.2 million) worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure losses of P1.6 billion ($31.8 million).

Maring caused the worst flooding experienced by Ilocos Sur in recent years, displacing over 71,271 families or 258,090 individuals in its wake, according to data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Ilocos Region.

At least 13 persons in the province died and 3 individuals remained missing as of Monday, according to the provincial government.

Affected residents from 31 towns and cities have appealed for help, particularly for donations of ready-to-eat food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene kits, including those for infants. –

John Michael Mugas is is a Luzon based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.

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