On October 29, 11am, typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was projected to bring heavy to intense rains to areas in its track, many provinces in Bicol Region, on Saturday and Sunday. It was expected to make landfall at intensity 175-195 km/h and was tagged as the strongest typhoon in the world so far for 2020, said Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on October 31.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) chief Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad confirmed Rolly is stronger than typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that struck the country and devastated provinces in Eastern Visayas in 2013.
Rolly intensified into a super typhoon and made its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes at 5am on November 1. Typhoon signal number 5 was raised of Catanduanes, Albay and eastern part of Camarines Sur. Rolly then made its second landfall in the vicinity of Tiwi, Albay at 7:20am and weakened into a typhoon at 8am. Rolly made its third landfall at San Narciso, Quezon at 12pm and its fourth landfall at Lobo, Batangas at 5:30pm. It weakened to a tropical storm by 11:30pm. By 10pm of November 2, Rolly has moved to the western limits of PAR.
Now comes the aftermath.
The NDRRMC reported that 402,458 families or 1,612,893 persons in the regions of Cagayan Valley (II), Central Luzon (III), Southern Tagalog (IV), Bicol (V) and National Capital Region.
Casualties reported as of November 3, 8am were 17 dead and 2 injured from CALABARZON and Bicol Region, but this is still for validation of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
On evening of November 2, the Redemptorist Missionaries in Legazpi, Albay shared their initial ground assessment report:
- There is no electricity all over Albay now. 80% of electrical posts of NGCP/APEC are down in Polangui, Tabaco, Malinao and Tiwi. Expect that this will take months without electric supply.
- There is no telecommunications signal in the whole of first district of Albay.
- 3. In the first district especially in Malilipot, Tabaco, Malinao and Tiwi, damage on private properties are very evident. There are very few houses left untouched. 50% of houses/establishments are totally damaged, 30% percent partially and only 20% withstand the typhoon. Schools, churches, hospitals and other government facilities were not spared.
- National Highways are now passable except the road from Ligao to Tabaco via Sabloyon. However, expect heavy traffic in some areas due to road/bridge damages and fallen posts along the roads. Motorists and drivers should be very careful.
- Very few establishments are open mostly are hardware supplies and supermarkets.
- Almost 90% damage in the agricultural sector. Coconuts and abaca are almost bared. Rice fields were flooded/submerged in water.
- Water, food, toiletries
- Roofing sheet (yero), nails, lumbers, or even trapal (tent) for the meantime would be a great help. Most people are trying to go back to their houses.
The Redemptorist Missionaries in Legazpi launched a donation campaign for the survivors of typhoon Rolly.
DRIVE (Disaster Resiliency and Integral Valuing of Ecology) To Rise!
Redemptorist Legazpi Mission
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Allan Edward Pandaan
Rev. Nosi Balgado, C.Ss.R.
Photos of Fr. Allan Edward Pandaan and Rev. Nosi Balgado.