Thursday, July 15, 2010

13 More Fishermen Went Missing in Camarines Norte, State of Calamity Declared

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Thirteen more fishermen were reported missing in Camarines Norte after the accounting of missing relatives in different villages today.

The newly declared missing persons are identified as Ramil Bellen, Joseph Forboso, Joey Villanueva, Larry Consuelo, Louie Consuelo, Ariel Pascual, Anthony Roldan, Gerry Roldan, Macmak Roldan, Clodualdo Era, Roberto Arcilla, JR Bogate and a certain Pater.

Government authorities have declared a state of calamity in the province of Camarines Norte after assessing the gravity of typhoon “Basyang’s” destruction today.

The 9th Infantry Division’s Public Affairs Office has currently logged 35 missing persons all over Bicol Region.

Camarines Norte topped the list of provinces with missing persons with 18 followed by Catanduanes with 13 and Camarines Sur with 4.

Combined rescue teams from the military, police and civilian agencies as well as civilian volunteers have rescued a total of 22 survivors.

Eight of the survivors who were rescued in Siruma, Camarines Sur have been transported back to Camarines Norte after being treated at a hospital in Naga City this afternoon.

The massive search and rescue operations in Camarines Sur and Catanduanes involving over 500 AFP personnel yielded nothing as of 5:00 pm today.

The Philippine Army in the Bicol Region will continue its disaster response operations (DRO) activities in the next few days until the situation gets back to normal.

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