Vinta-hit Cagayan de Oro under state of calamity


Posted at Dec 27 2017 01:35 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2017 02:13 PM

A woman walks past a house destroyed by typhoon Vinta in Cagayan de Oro. ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATED) - Local officials have placed Cagayan de Oro under a state of calamity following floods brought by typhoon Vinta. 

Vinta had submerged parts of the southern city in knee-deep floods days before Christmas, forcing some residents to climb onto rooftops as they waited for rescuers. 

Under a state of calamity, local officials can tap Cagayan de Oro's P120-million emergency funds for the evacuees and impose a price freeze on basic commodities. 

The city council wants to use part of the funds to purchase 4 water tanks, said social welfare officer Teddy Sabuga. 

Water supply has yet to be restored to a large part of the city after the floods damaged the pumping stations of he local water district. 
Vinta left 420 people dead across the southern Philippines and sent tens of thousands to evacuation centers.

Harry Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson, has vowed continued government aid to the affected communities. 

The deadliest storm to hit the country was Yolanda, a super typhoon, which killed thousands and destroyed entire towns in the central islands in November 2013. 

With a report from Rod Bolivar, ABS-CBN News