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Minalas! Quake halts Iloilo’s declaration of calamity for El Nino

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Just as Iloilo City was about to declare a state of calamity over the long dry spell, a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck.

The quake prompted the suspension of operations at the Capitol, including the session of the Iloilo provincial board which was to approve the declaration.

Earlier, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recommended the declaration of a state of calamity in the province due to the prolonged dry spell brought by the El Niño phenomenon.

Meanwhile, the Iloilo City council was also about to discuss the recommendation to declare a state of calamity to allow the release of the P115-million Disaster Risk Reduction and Management fund.

Iloilo City DRMM Officer Donna Magno said more than 75,000 of the city’s population is affected by El Niño.

Magno added 23 of the 33 barangays that were assessed said that 20 percent of their population or more were affected by El Niño.