Philippine tropical cyclones

Rolly death toll rises to 22

JC Gotinga

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Rolly death toll rises to 22

Vice President Leni Robredo checks the damage left behind by Super Typhoon Rolly in Catanduanes, Bicol on November 3, 2020. Photos from Robredo's Facebook page

Many parts of Bicol remain without electricity, and telecommunication signals are still spotty

The death toll from Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) rose to 22 as of Friday morning, November 6, as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported two more fatalities overnight.

The total recorded deaths confirmed by the NDRRMC are from the following provinces:

  • Albay: 13
  • Catanduanes: 5
  • Camarines Sur: 1
  • Batangas: 3

A death previously reported in Binangonan, Rizal – a man who drowned near Talim Island – was taken off the tally because it was not caused by the storm, the NDRRMC said.

A report of a 6th death in badly-hit Catanduanes is still up for verification by the agency.

Super Typhoon Rolly, at its peak the world’s strongest cyclone this year, slammed into the Philippines on Sunday, November 2. The Bicol region facing the Pacific Ocean bore the brunt of the storm, losing billions of pesos in damaged houses, property, and crops.

Floods and landslides devastated entire villages. Rolly left a wide swath of destruction from as far north as the Cagayan Valley, to Eastern Visayas where Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) wreaked havoc in 2013.

Communities in many of the areas affected by Rolly have hardly recovered from Typhoon Quinta (Molave), which took a similar path across the Philippines about a week earlier.

Many parts of Bicol remained without electricity and telecommunications as of Thursday night, November 5, according to the Office of Civil Defense Region 5. Water supply in some areas was still cut off. The government said efforts were underway to restore these services.

The NDRRMC said Rolly adversely affected some 2 million people across different parts of the Philippines. –

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JC Gotinga

JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.