Aquino declares state of national calamity

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Benigno Aquino III declared a state of national calamity on Friday (December 18) under Proclamation No. 1186 to hasten rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Nona.

The proclamation cited the "widespread destruction, substantial damage, and deaths in several ares, including the provinces of Albay, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Sorsogon."

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) recommended the declaration of the state of national calamity pursuant to Republic Act No. 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management act of 2010.

The NDRRMC on Friday reported that 17 people died and 20 suffered injuries due to the typhoon. The typhoon affected over 114,000 families in Northern Samar and over 30,000 families in Albay, the report claimed.

“This declaration will, among others, effectively control the prices of basic goods and commodities for the affected areas and afford the government ample latitude to utilize appropriate funds for rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of, and to continue to provide basic services to, affected populations, in accordance with the law,” the proclamation added.

According to the NDRRMC, more than 13,000 houses were damaged and the estimated total cost of damage in infrastructure and agriculture amounts to over P935 million.

The state of national calamity will remain in effect until lifted by President Aquino.