Super Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) left heavy damage to Catanduanes’ infrastructure after it whipped the municipality of Bato before dawn on Sunday, November 1.
A photo shared by YouScooper John Emmanuel Tayo showed residents checking the damage caused by Rolly on the road in District 3 in Gigmoto.
Rolly’s strong winds also stripped off some roofs of houses, the residents said.
In the municipality of Viga, some trees and electric posts fell while some houses were destroyed.
According to the Office of Civil Defense Region V in its Sunday night report, one person died in the province.
Power, cellphone signals, and internet connectivity went out in Catanduanes after Rolly’s landfall.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said they had lost contact on Sunday with Catanduanes after the landfall.
Pagasa raised the highest warning, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 5, in Catanduanes before it hit the province.
Meanwhile, lahar mudflows mixed with floodwaters buried vehicles near the Cagsawa Ruins Park in Daraga, Albay, on Sunday.
Rolly destroys roads, houses in Catanduanes
According to YouScooper Petronilo Reyes, cars and tricycles were submerged in lahar, as well as establishments.
Super Typhoon Rolly also triggered lahar mudflows that buried over 300 houses in Barangay San Francisco, Guinobatan, Albay.
In a Facebook post, Ako Bicol Representative Zaldy Co shared photos of houses, some two-thirds buried in lahar from Mayon Volcano.
“Isa sa labis na nasalanta ng bagyong Rolly ang Barangay San Francisco sa Guinobatan, Albay. Natabunan ng lahar mula sa Bulkan Mayon ang mahigit tatlong daang bahay. Dalawa ang namatay habang may dalawa pang nawawala,” he said.
A lahar is a violent type of mudflow or debris flow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water.
“Nakikidalamhati tayo sa pamilya na nasalanta ng bagyo.” he added.
The most recent eruptive episode of Mayon Volcano began in early January 2018 that consisted of phreatic explosions, steam-and-ash plumes, lava fountaining, and pyroclastic flows.