Rolly leaves 22 dead, causes ₱14-B damage to infrastructure and agriculture

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 6) — The death toll due to Super Typhoon Rolly has risen to 22, the disaster management agency reported Friday, as the cost of agriculture and infrastructure damage hit over ₱14 billion.

Of the deaths, 13 were recorded in Albay, five in Catanduanes, one in Camarines Sur, and three in Batangas, Mark Timbal, spokesman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told CNN Philippines in an interview.

The figure reflects an increase from the earlier 20 dead reported by the agency, but a lower death count for Albay and Catanduanes -- said to be the super typhoon's ground zero. The Office of Civil Defense-Bicol Region earlier reported 14 deaths in Albay and six in Catanduanes.

It was not immediately clear why there was a discrepancy, but officials have earlier said the number of casualties could change as validation continues.

Meanwhile, the number of injured persons remained at 165. Three other people were reported missing in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol.

Heavy damage

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure from the violent winds and torrential rains spawned by Rolly is now ₱14.1 billion, the NDRRMC noted.

The agency said ₱11.2-billion worth of structures and ₱2.9 billion worth of crops were damaged. Affected regions are Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol.

The Department of Health also said Friday that Rolly damaged 67 health facilities in Calabarzon and Bicol.

They include six DOH hospitals, reference laboratories, and treatment and rehabilitation centers; three local government-owned hospitals; 15 rural health units in Bicol and two RHUs in Calabarzon; two barangay health stations in Calabarzon, and 39 barangay health units in Bicol

There were 12,659 houses that were totally destroyed, while 41,088 were partially damaged.

Earlier, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said that aside from relief packs, it is eyeing to provide livelihood support, and emergency shelter assistance to families whose houses were damaged by Rolly.

The NDRRMC report earlier in the week said more than two million people were affected. As of Friday, it counted nearly 1.2 million affected people, including 171,531 who remain in evacuation centers in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Cordillera Administrative Region and Metro Manila.

Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Cavite, and Mulanay Quezon are all under a state of calamity after being devastated by Rolly, which exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility as a tropical storm on Tuesday night.

There are still 128 cities and municipalities in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas with no power, while 85 others in Bicol and Mimaropa are still waiting for the restoration of their water supply.

The government has already provided more than ₱52 million worth of assistance to families in areas pummeled last week by Rolly, considered the world's strongest typhoon for 2020.

The religious charity group Caritas Manila is also calling for donations for the typhoon victims, including food, clothes, medicine or cash to buy materials for rehabilitation of shelters.

The National Electrification Administration said on Friday that the initial cost of damage to power distribution facilities has reached ₱327.9-million. A bulk of this amount was sustained by electric cooperatives in Bicol Region, it added.

The NEA also said that electricity has been restored in 1.14 million households in Bicol, parts of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Eastern Visayas.

On Friday, Caritas Manila Executive Director Fr. Anton Pascual told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Ngayon that volunteers are also welcome to help in repacking and delivering these goods to affected areas, especially in the Bicol region where they will be bringing around 2,000 to 3,000 bags of food and medicine.

He said those interested may directly contact them or they may coordinate with their respective parishes.