Eastern Samar worries over relief supplies due to Ambo, virus


Posted at May 18 2020 08:27 AM | Updated as of May 18 2020 10:43 AM

Eastern Samar worries over relief supplies due to Ambo, virus 1
Residents of San Policarpio, Eastern Samar prepare food outside the ruins of their home on May 15, 2020, a day after Typhoon Ambo made landfall. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Eastern Samar is worried over relief supplies following a powerful typhoon hit late last week, as it was still reeling from pandemic restrictions, its governor said Monday.

Typhoon Ambo left at least 4 dead in the province, spawned floods that reached the second floor of houses in Jipapad town, and damaged Arteche town's church, covered court and warehouse with some 1,000 relief packs, Governor Ben Evardone said

The first storm of 2020 also covered in mud freshly harvested rice, he said. 

"Iyong pagkain po ang inaalala natin at saka iyong housing materials," Evardone told DZMM. 

(We are worried about the food and housing materials.) 

"Itong relief goods namin, for ilang ano lang po tatatagal ito kung makayanan pa namin dahil matagal na rin po kaming namimigay ng relief goods... dahil nga po naka-lockdown kami for 2 months," he said. 

(Our relief goods will just last for a few days because we have been under lockdown for 2 months and have been distributing goods for a long time.) 

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While Eastern Samar has yet to tally any COVID-19 case, it is keeping watch over border checkpoints because neighboring Western Samar earlier confirmed 21 cases of the respiratory disease, he said. 

Ambo hit in the same week that the Philippines' COVID-19 tally breached the 12,000-mark

The storm drove 71,000 people to evacuation centers, injured at least 54 people, and left about P185.8 million in agricultural damage, the national disaster council reported Sunday. 

Ambo was 155 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes as of 3 a.m. and would leave the Philippine area on Monday afternoon, said the state weather bureau.