Cebu City placed under state of calamity
MANILA, Philippines – Cebu City has been placed under a state of calamity amid flooding incidents in several areas, the city's public information office said on Thursday, September 18.
The city council held a special session at 2 pm to pass a resolution for this.
A declaration of state of calamity forces a 60-day price freeze on basic goods. It also allows the appropriation of calamity funds, among other emergency acts.
The heavy downpour brought by the combined effects of the monsoon and Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) since Wednesday, September 17, has caused waist-deep floods and landslides in several parts of Cebu province. (READ: Heavy rains cause flooding, landslides in Cebu)
Residents in low-lying areas were forced to proceed to evacuation centers in the province. Meanwhile, commuters were also stranded, as major roads became impassable. – Rappler.com