“Seniang” places Bohol under state of calamity

by BNT reportorial staff

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol headed by Vice Gov. Concepcion Lim has declared the entire province under a state of calamity after tropical storm “Seniang” hit the province early dawn yesterday.
The declaration was made in an emergency meeting called by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto at the Governor’s mansion yesterday noon following reports made by the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRMMC) that at least six people were recorded dead and damages to agriculture and infrastructure has yet to be estimated followed by the flooding and landslide in different towns due to heavy rains.
The governor went on the national television early last night to give the televiewers on the latest update of the province o the damages brought by storm “Seniang”.
As of 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, six persons were listed as among the casualties as relief operations continue with the victims in Loboc assisted by helicopters from the Philippine Army.
Based on the PDRMMC list, the fatalities were reported in Loon, Baclayon, Getafe and Sagbayan. They are Paula Opay of Baclayon, Archie Cambangan and Argie Brillos of Loon, Vicente Butlig of Sagbayan and Maricel Torniado of Taytay, Getafe and a certain Roberto Mansalay, 40 years old of San Ramon, Sagbayan.
A rescue team was dispatched by the provincial government led by Perovincial Administrator Ae Damalerio to Loboc town as water overflow from Loboc river causing massive flooding in the municipality.
Land transportation came to a halt as several bridges were destroyed including in Maribojoc as the Abatan river also overflowed and the Anislag river near the town’s poblacion was also severely damaged.
In Tagbilaran, the bridge between Manga district and Cortes town was also overflowing with water making it difficult for motorists and vehicles to pass.
Aside from massive flooding, there were some parts in Maribojoc which recorded a landslide.
As of yesterday afternoon, the provincial social welfare office led by Carmelita Tecson continue repacking the relief goods for distribution to the typhoon victims.
In the meantime, power supply stopped at the height of “Seniang” early dawn yesterday in the entire province. But the National Grip Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has restored power connections at 90% last night.

STATE OF CALAMITY. . Photo above shows the aerial view of Loboc town where massive flooding took place yesterday as an aftermath of storm “Seniang”. Right photo shows the Loboc river overflowing with water causing a flooding in the poblacion area of the municipality. (fotos by the Philippine Army and EdCom)

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