The local government of Camalig, Albay, is calling for help now that the lahar flow has devastated the residents, and they have not been able to return to their homes.
On Teleradyo, Camalig Mayor Carlos Baldo Jr. said that most of the residents are still in the evacuation center and have not returned to their homes because their houses are still covered with lahar from Mayon Volcano.
They said they need food and housing materials to get started again.
Others had no homes to return to after Super Typhoon Rolly, the world’s stronger typhoon of 2020, hit this Sunday.
“Pinakakailangan po namin mga food packs, pagkain, kung mayroon din pong housing materials. ‘Yun din po ang kinakailangan namin para maibigay doon sa mga nawalan ng bahay, ‘yung mga natanggalan ng bubong para makabalik kami sa normal,” said Baldo.
“Talagang paubos na ang pondo ng LGU pero siyempre ang mga pinunong bayan, maghahanap at maghahanap para mabigyan natin lahat ng nasalanta nitong bagyo na ito,” he added.
Sunday Typhoon Rolly hit the Bicol region and several other places in the country.
Typhoon victims in Camalig, Albay plea for help
The storm caused lahar to overflow from Mayon Volcano, which some residents blamed on quarrying operations in the area.
Albay LGU has stopped quarrying operations around Mayon Volcano, according to Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara.
Bichara explained that he was still waiting for the official notification from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Still, he decided to suspend it first to have no more debate and controversy.
“Normally kailangan ng opisyal na komunikasyon. Pero ayaw ko na makipagtalunan, mas malaki ang problema namin dito. Suspendehin ko muna para wala na masyadong kontrobersiya dito eh. I mean hindi ko ito kailangan ngayon eh,” said.
Meanwhile, more than 4 million residents of the Bicol region are without power supply today following typhoon Rolly’s ravages.
Due to the strong winds and rain brought by Rolly last week, hundreds of power poles and towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in Bicol were knocked down and almost fell.