Typhoon Rolly leaves almost 100,000 homes damaged

By Crissy Dimatulac, CNN Philippines

Typhoon Rolly, which was tagged as the world’s strongest storm this year, left almost 100,000 homes destroyed.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council disclosed on Sunday, 98,249 homes were ravaged by Typhoon Rolly in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, the Bicol Region, and the Cordilleras.

Speaking in an online press forum, NDRRMC Spokesperson Mark Timbal said that from this number, 17,436 houses can no longer be repaired.

Meantime, the super typhoon caused over P11 billion in damage to infrastructure in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Cordilleras, and NCR.

Damage to agriculture, on the other hand, reached over P2.9 billion affecting 65,897 hectares of land.

The NDRRMC reported it was in the process of restoring electricity and communication in affected regions.

Timbal said the Department of Energy, with the help of local power cooperatives and the National Electrification Administration, formed Oplan Kapatid which sends out teams to fix damaged electrical posts so that reenergization efforts in affected provinces can continue.

The agency said they are continuing search and rescue operations in affected areas, and personnel from the Department of Health have been deployed to check the situation in evacuation centers and make sure that evacuees do not contract contagious diseases such as COVID-19.

Search and rescue operations for missing people are ongoing, Timbal said, adding that the DOH is also making the rounds, with its health staff constantly on guard.

As of Sunday morning, the NDRRMC was monitoring the movement of Tropical Depression Tonyo which made its third landfall in Batangas. Officials are preparing for possible flooding in affected areas.

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