More than a hundred cities in at least four regions are still struggling with power outage and water interruptions, while some passengers remain stranded even as Super Typhoon Rolly is nearing its exit from Philippine territory.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its situation report on Tuesday that 165 cities in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas are still experiencing power outage after Rolly hit the said areas over the weekend.
There are 83 cities and municipalities in Bicol Region still experiencing water interruption, including the whole provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon.
Meanwhile, 714 passengers are still stranded in various ports in Clabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.
The NDRRMC’s death toll count currently stands at 17, but the Office of Civil Defense-Bicol already reported Monday evening that there were 20 deaths — with 14 from Albay and six from Catanduanes.
There were 13 people injured — 11 of whom were from Albay with pending details. One from Camarines Norte was electrocuted and one from Sorsogon was hit by a fallen tree.
The OCD-Bicol also reported that three people were missing in Guinobatan, Albay, where close to 200 houses were submerged under lahar. The province’s Tabaco City, Camalig, and Sto. Domingo also reported lahar incidents.
Other details on the casualties were not yet provided.
Meanwhile, 480,174 residents were preemptively evacuated in Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Metro Manila.
Over 50 road sections in Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region were also affected by flooding, landslides uprooted trees and fallen utility posts, 37 of which are still not passable.
Citing the Department of Public Works and Highways, OCD-Bicol said at least ₱4.6 billion damage was reported in national roads, bridges, and other infrastructures in the region.
The Department of Agriculture also reported ₱1.18 billion worth of affected agricultural damage in the Bicol region, with Camarines Norte bearing the heaviest volume of production losses for rice and corn.
Camarines Sur and Cavite were placed under a state of calamity following the onslaught of the super typhoon.
PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. forecast that Rolly, which has weakened into a tropical storm on Sunday evening, already has no direct effect on the Philippine Area of Responsibility and will likely exit the country anytime soon.
Rolly made a total of four landfalls on Sunday. It first hit Bato, Catanduanes as a super typhoon at 4:50 a.m., then at Tiwi, Albay at 7:20 a.m. as a typhoon. Its third landfall was in the vicinity of San Narciso, Quezon at 12 noon, then its fourth in Lobo, Batangas at 5:30 p.m.