Typhoon-ravaged Batanes under state of calamity

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — The provincial government of Batanes has declared a state of calamity following the "massive destruction" brought by Typhoon Kiko (international name: Chanthu).

The Sanggungiang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) approved Resolution No. 129, declaring a state of calamity on Sept. 13.

Kiko "severely affected" 100% of the province's population and left initial damage worth P258 million, the local government said in the resolution.

The declaration will authorize the local government to use calamity funds for faster relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Kiko made landfall on Ivana, Batanes on Sept. 11 and left the Philippine area of responsibility the next day.

Three people were reported injured in the aftermath of the typhoon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Wednesday. It said it will still validate the reports.

The NDRRMC said Kiko affected 37,660 individuals in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

Floods were reported and 323 houses were damaged — 38 of them totally destroyed.