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Super Typhoon Rolly batters Philippines, leaving at least 7 dead

MANILA (The Inquirer) -- At least seven people were killed as Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) pounded the Philippines on Sunday, bringing catastrophic winds and dumping intense rains that flooded villages and sent thousands of people fleeing their homes.
Categorised as a supertyphoon before it slammed into the Philippine landmass, Rolly, carrying winds of up to 225 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 310 kph, first made landfall in Bato town, Catanduanes province, at 4:50 a.m. before slightly changing course and hitting land a

RUINED A sport utility vehicle and business establishments are submerged in lahar at the parking lot of Cagsawa Ruins in Barangay Busay, Daraga town, Albay province, after Typhoon “Rolly” sent mud and boulders tumbling down the slope of Mt. Mayon on Sunday.

second time in Tiwi, Albay province, at 7:20 am.
Rolly was downgraded to typhoon after it struck the Bicol region, where it tore off roofs, toppled trees and power lines, destroyed roads and bridges, made rivers top their banks and flood lowlying areas, and triggered cascades of mud from the slopes of Mt. Mayon that flooded towns below the volcano.
At least four people were killed in Albay. But according to Agence France-Presse, the Office of Civil Defence later issued a statement saying at least seven people were killed.
Two of the victims a 5-year-old boy and his father drowned in the town of Oas, while a woman was swept away by volcanic mud in Guinobatan. Another woman was killed by a falling tree in Daraga. The volcanic mudflow damaged bridges in Daraga and Santo Domingo, cutting off the towns from Legazpi City, Albay’s economic centre.
“Albay was battered,” Bichara said, pointing to the devastation caused by the storm as it touched down in several parts of the province, including Tabaco and Malilipot towns.
In Sorsogon province, badly hit were the towns of Donsol, Pilar, and Castilla, according to Gov. Francis Escudero. As of 4 pm, the storm was located 50 km south-southwest of Tayabas, Quezon, packing maximum winds of 165 kph and gusts of up to 230 kph and moving westward at 25 kph.
The state weather service Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Rolly’s eye was expected to be at 70 km south of Metro Manila between 5 pm and 7 pm Strong winds were reported across the metropolis toward evening.
Rolly’s approach prompted the evacuation of 2,853 people in Pampanga on Satur-day and Sunday. Water was released from overfilling Ipo Dam in Bulacan province on Sunday.
In Laguna province, two villages in Calamba City went under water and authorities evacuated 2,899 people from lakeshore towns on Sunday.


(Latest Update November 3, 2020)

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