Catanduanes now under state of calamity

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 27 2011 02:44 PM | Updated as of Jul 27 2011 10:44 PM

MANILA, Philippine - A state of calamity has been declared in Catanduanes to allow the local government to use calamity funds to support ongoing relief operations.

Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua said the weather in the province has improved but blackouts have hit some parts of the province.

Cua also derided weather bureau PAGASA for the supposedly wrong weather forecast that left Catanduanes unprepared.

"Nabigla yung tao kasi yung weather report ng PAGASA mali naman eh. Mga tao hindi nakapaghanda. Nabigla kaming lahat," he said.

At least 2 people were killed while another 2 remain missing in Catanduanes after tropical storm Juaning hit the province.

The fatalities are Rolando Angolo, 45, a resident of San Vicente, Bagamanoc, who drowned while crossing the Sagrada River; and Noel Angeles, 49, of San Vicente, Viga, who died after being hit by a toppled electric pole.