Storm surge victims in Albay appeal for help after Rolly destroyed homes

Storm surge victims in Barangay Sogod, Tiwi town in Albay are appealing for help after Super Typhoon Rolly destroyed their homes.

In the coastal village of Sogod, residents have been busy building temporary shelters from salvaged materials after Rolly slammed Bicol region and other parts of Luzon over the weekend.

REBUILDING. A man builds temporary shelter made from salvaged materials a few days after their homes in Barangay Sogod, Tiwi, Albay, were destroyed by Super Typhoon Rolly. Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Less than 3 hours after its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes, early Sunday morning, November 1, Rolly made a second landfall in Tiwi.

Residents are seeking donations of clothes, roof materials, water, food, school materials, and livelihood assistance to help them cope with the recent disaster.

HOMELESS. A boy dries clothes on the roof of his home which had been leveled by Typhoon Rolly. Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Tiwi Mayor Jaime Villanueva appealed to the national government and international institutions to help communities in his town that were badly hit by the typhoon. 

Ako Bicol Representatives Elizaldy Co and Alfredo Garbin echoed the appeal.

SURVIVOR. An elderly man surveys the sea from his damaged home. A wall of the house was also blown off and badly damaged. Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

No place like home?

Despite losing his home during the storm, 24-year-old Lesley Competente said he would not move elsewhere.

Competente, who was building a temporary shelter with his young nephew, said waves reached to as high as 10 feet during the onslaught of Rolly.

Asked why he would rather stay put than relocate to a safer area, Competente said: "Dito na kami lumaki. Dito kami nakatira, sa gilid ng baybayin (We grew up here. We have been living near the seashore)."

He said he would just have to rebuild his home if it gets destroyed again during a typhoon. Competente added that families are evacuated before a typhoon hits.

Congressman Co urged the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to extend the 6-kilometer danger zone around Mayon Volcano to 10 kilometers, as the recent storm showed that the flow of volcanic materials exceeded 6 kilometers.

VOLCANIC MATERIAL. The trail of volcanic material reached this area during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly. Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Vice President Leni Robredo had visited parts of Bicol affected by Rolly, including worst-hit Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Albay. Robredo, who distributed assistance in those areas, said food supply and housing materials and badly needed in Catanduanes and also Albay. –