BALER, Aurora — Baler was placed under a state of calamity Monday due to widespread flooding and devastation caused by typhoon Nona.

Town mayor Nelianto Bihasa said the massive flooding affected the 13 barangays here, prompting them to place the town under state of calamity.

The heavy rains affected not only Aurora but also other provinces in Central Luzon.

The rains started to pour December 14 and continued days after typhoon Nona already existed out of the country.

Landslides and overflowing of rivers started December 16 due to heavy rains.

Initial report stated that about PHP50 million in agriculture was totally devastated since most of their barangays were submerged in two to five feet of floodwaters as rivers overflowed in this capital town of Aurora.

In this town, a great number of the populations are affected and in need of assistance.

Properties and means of livelihood of the people have been damaged while widespread destruction of agricultural crops, dwelling units and government infrastructures were also reported.

The supply of electricity and communication system were also disrupted.

The declaration of state of calamity would allow Baler government to use their calamity fund for recovery and relief programs.

Meanwhile, personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with the local government unit (LGU) have started their relief operations for the victims affected by floods in the low lying areas in Sitio Setan, Barangay Calabuanan; Sitio Gabgab, Barangay Buhangin; Sitio Tirong, Barangay Obligacion; Sitio Dipakpak, Barangay Reserva, Baclaran-Gloria St. in Barangay Suklayin.

Also affected by floods are Poblacion 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Sitio Dicaloyungan temporary overflow bridge was also hit by floods because of the strong current of water that came from the mountains which cut off transportation going from Pingit to Zabali.

As of now, the floodings have already receded in most parts of the town. PNA