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Philippine island underneath ‘state of calamity’


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has positioned the nation’s fundamental island, Luzon, underneath a ‘state of calamity’ to hurry up aid and rehabilitation efforts, after it was hit final week by Storm Vamco.

Hundreds of individuals within the worst-affected provinces of Cagayan and Isabela are in evacuation centres or sheltering in makeshift roadside camps, in line with the authorities.

The BBC’s Philippines correspondent Howard Johnson reviews from Tuguegarao in Cagayan province.