Aklan declared under state of calamity

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ILOILO CITY—The province of Aklan has been placed under a state of calamity due to flooding brought by typhoon “Quinta.”

In a special session Thursday afternoon, the provincial board passed a resolution declaring a state of calamity based on a report of affected areas and damages of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC)-Aklan.

Galo Ibardolaza, executive officer of the PDRRMC-Aklan, said eight of the province’s 17 towns were affected by flooding.

These included the capital town of Kalibo, Libacao, Madalag, Malinao, Lezo, Numancia, Banga and Ibajay.

At least 3,116 persons including 1,459 in Kalibo were evacuated Wednesday evening.

The PDRRMC of Iloilo late Thursday passed a resolution recommending to the provincial board to declare the province under a state of calamity. At least 21 towns and Passi City out of the province’s 42 municipalities experienced flooding.

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