NGO appeals for more cash donations to help Bicol residents affected by Super Typhoon Rolly

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 2) – Humanitarian organization CARE Philippines appealed for cash donations to buy the necessary goods for residents affected by Super Typhoon Rolly in Bicol Region.

The group's project manager Ansherina Talavera said they prefer more cash donations since they will buy the supplies needed by the typhoon-hit residents such as food, emergency shelter, sleeping kits, hygiene kits, and clean water.

"We are working with local partners and doing needs assessment to better understand the needs of affected people, particularly women and children," Talavera told CNN Philippines' Rico Hizon on Monday.

Talavera stated they will start their initial relief operations in Albay and Camarines Sur. They are hoping to reach Catanduanes, the worst-hit province by the super typhoon due to its 90% devastation according to the Philippine Coast Guard, at the soonest possible time.

She added they are prioritizing to give emergency shelters to the affected residents to give them protection against COVID-19.

"COVID-19 is still a very critical factor in our operations. We hope to give the emergency shelter immediately to those affected to decongest the evacuation centers quickly and to help protect affected population from further risks of COVID-19," said Talavera.

The cash donations sent to CARE Philippines will also help recover local markets affected by the two previous typhoons Rolly and Quinta.

In Catanduanes alone, more than 10,000 homes were damaged which equates to 15,000 displaced families. The super typhoon also ruined anywhere between ₱700 million and ₱1 billion worth of roads, bridges and school buildings, as well as about ₱600 million in agricultural products.

As of Monday night, the Office of the Civil Defense Region 5 reported there are 20 fatalities in the Bicol Region due to Super Typhoon Rolly. Around 14 of them are from Albay and the remaining six are from Catanduanes.