Typhoon ‘Rolly’ devastation estimated at more than ₱11 B

Published November 5, 2020, 7:52 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Typhoon “Rolly” left a trail of destruction in infrastructure and agriculture that is estimated to be worth more than ₱11 billion, so far, with Bicol Region taking the brunt of the devastation as it accounted for ₱9.5 billion of the reported damage.

This handout photo taken and received on November 2, 2020 courtesy of Philippine Senator Bong Go shows an aerial view of destroyed houses in the island province of Catanduanes, in the aftermath of Typhoon Goni. (Photo by Handout / Philippine Senator Bong Go / AFP)

Based on the data from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), approximately ₱8.5 billion worth of damage was reported in infrastructure, from roads, bridges and buildings to other establishments.

Of the figure, ₱7.2 billion was reported in Bicol, particularly in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur where “Rolly” made landfalls on Sunday.

This was followed by Mimaropa (Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) with ₱867 million, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) ₱147 million and Central Luzon ₱135 million.

The rest are from five other regions that include Metro Manila.

For agriculture, approximately ₱3 billion worth of damage were reported, with Bicol region absorbing the biggest damage at ₱2.3 billion worth.

The rest are from Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Eastern Visayas.

The OCD report also disclosed that 44,033 houses were damaged, 14,000 of which were totally destroyed.

A total of 61,912 families are still staying in evacuation centers made up of 228,559 individuals.

OCD spokesman Mark Timbal said Bicol region revised the number of casualties from 20 to 17 as local authorities are still checking on the circumstances of the death of the three fatalities earlier reported to have died due to the weather disturbance.

In the data of the Philippine National Police, however, the fatalities have already reached 28, 23 of them from Bicol, four in Calabarzon and one in Mimaropa.

Six others are still in the missing list, four of them in Bicol.

Timbal said a total of 151 cities and municipalities are still experiencing power outage while 68 towns and cities have no telecommunication connection.

The provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Cavite have already declared a state of calamity.

New LPA approaching

Meanwhile, severe tropical storm “Siony” (international name “Atsani”) is on its way out of the country but another potential tropical cyclone east of Mindanao is poised to enter the Philippine area of responsibility tonight.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the low-pressure area outside PAR was spotted 1,195 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 11 a.m.

PAGASA weather specialist Ana Clauren said the LPA could enter the country this afternoon or tonight and reach Eastern Visayas tomorrow.