Albay, Sorsogon to declare state of calamity due to Typhoon Tisoy

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Villagers ride a truck as they are evacuated in anticipation of an approaching typhoon in Legaspi city, Albay province, Philippines, 02 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ZALRIAN SAYAT

BICOL Region, Philippines – The provincial governments of Sorsogon and Albay are preparing to declare a state of calamity on Tuesday (December 3) due to the impact of Typhoon Tisoy.

Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero said the typhoon has already caused P667 million worth of damage to agriculture and fisheries in the province.

The provincial government is still assessing the extent of damage to infrastructure.

The provincial board is set to convene at 1:00 PM today to discuss appropriate actions upon official declaration.

Meanwhile, APSEMO Department Head Cedric Daep said the province is also set to announce a state of calamity as initial assessment revealed huge damages in the province.

 “Pinakamalaking damage natin ay ang sa airport. May mga government buildings din na na-damage,” Daep said.

So far, Daep said, there are no reports yet of casualties from the typhoon.

The official also confirmed that Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has already signed the recommendation to declare the province under state of calamity “as soon as possible.” – MNP (with details from Roderic Mendoza, Joan Nano)

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