20 dead, P6-B damages in Bicol due to ‘Rolly’

Typhoon Rolly’s death toll rose to 20 while damages to agriculture and infrastructure have initially reached P6 billion in Bicol, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said.

The OCD report said that of the 20 fatalities, 14 were in Albay, while six were in Catanduanes.

The victims died as a result of drowning, lahar avalanche, hypothermia, and falling debris.

The report also said flooding incidence was reported in 10 towns in Albay and 29 towns in Camarines Sur, while lahar flow incidents were reported in Guinobatan, Camalig, Sto Domingo, and Tabaco City in Albay.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol said P1.1 Billion worth agricultural crops were destroyed by the typhoon affecting 17,059 hectares with 53,383 metric tons of agriculture products.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said some P4.6 billion worth of infrastructure were destroyed, which include P1.8 billion in flood control, P1.7 billion buildings and P1 billion for national roads and bridges.

Reports from various PDRRMOs said of the 79,338 houses that were affected 58,415 were partially damaged while 20,923 were totally destroyed.