State of calamity in Virac lifted

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (MDRRMC) hold a meeting for an update on the water crisis which recently affected Virac, Catanduanes. (Photo: LGU Virac)

VIRAC, Catanduanes (Bicol Standard) -- The state of calamity declared in the town of Virac  due to the lack of potable water supply has been ordered lifted by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC), the Public Information Office of Virac confirmed this morning.

The town, it would be recalled, was placed under a state of calamity following the recommendation of the Sangguniang Bayan on August 20, 2018 due to the drought brought about by the southwest monsoon, which affected the province of Catanduanes.

Virac Mayor Samuel V. Laynes sought for help from the Philippine Red Cross, which immediately provided assistance by sending a water filtration system, water bladder, and water truck that could carry some 10,000 liters of water.

Since August 27, 2018, the Joint Watsan Operation of the Philippine Red Cross and the MDRRMO has brought no less than 515,000 liters of drinking water to thirteen barangays, including Calatagan Proper, Calatagan Tibang, Sogod Tibgao, San Isidro Village, Palnab Del Sur, Danicop, Hawan Ilaya, Palta Big, Palta Small, Palta Salvacion, Balite, Pajo Baguio and Pajo San Isidro.

In a meeting on October 18, PAGASA Virac head Juan Pantino reported to Mayor Laynes, the MDRRMC Chairman, that their agency has noted a substantial weakening of habagat and a signal of the start of amihan.

Pantino added that thunderstorms, easterlies, Intertropical Convergence Zones (ITCZ), Low Pressure Areas (LPA), Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA), tail-end of the cold front, and typhoons should thus be expected starting this October up to March.