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150 homes submerged in volcanic debris in Guinobatan, Albay as reports reach Manila

“Rolly” now in Southern Tagalog region

MANILA – Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara said there were four casualties in his province due to typhoon “Rolly” as volcanic debris inundated 150 houses in a village in Guinobatan town.

“We may need assistance from the national government because it may take time for people to return to their homes,” Governor Bichara said in an interview over DZMM Teleradyo.

Sources from Albay Province said Governor Bichara immediately conducted on-site inspection of the affected village. He said the First Congressional District of Albay has remained isolated as roads have been littered by fallen trees and electric posts. There were also floods in Oas and Polangui towns.

Incidentally, floods were also reported in Nabua, Camarines Sur.

Government weathermen said typhoon “Rolly” was 50 kilometers south of Tayabas City in Quezon Province at 3:00 P.M. today with winds of 165 kilometers per hour and gustiness of 230 kilometers per hour. It was moving towards west at 25 kilometers per hour.

And at 4:00 P.M. today, “Rolly” was seen heading towards the southeastern coasts of Batangas province with winds from 165 kilometers per hour with 230 kilometers per hour gustiness.

In another development, Tropical Storm “Siony” was estimated 1,140 kilometers east of Central Luzon in Northern Philippines with winds from 75 kilometers per hour and gustiness of 90 kilometers per hour and moving west-north-west at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour.

Weather experts from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said stormy weather will prevail in Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Mindoro Provinces and Marinduque.

Meanwhile, government officials said about 350,000 persons evacuated to safer grounds as early as yesterday when they sounded the alarm. Government-owned classrooms and other buildings provided temporary shelter to the affected residents in Bicol and Southern Tagalog regions. (Melo M. Acuña)

Governor Al Francis Bichara (left foreground, left most photo, inspects a village where 150 homes were submerged by volcanic debris from previous Mayon volcano eruption as floodwaters rush down a new waterway. Second photo shows people up on the roof waiting to be rescued. Third and fourth photos show volcanic debris from the 2,462-meter Mayon Volcano. (Albay Provincial Government photos)

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