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Roofs of some evacuation centers in Albay torn off due to Rolly, governor says


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The roofs of some evacuation centers in Albay province have been torn off due to the strong winds brought by Super Typhoon Rolly, Governor Al Francis Bichara said Sunday.

In a Dobol B sa News TV interview, Bichara said power supply and cellular signal in Albay have already been cut off due to the impact of the tropical cyclone.

"May mga balita akong nakuha na yung mga ibang evacuation center, natanggalan ng bubong," he added.

Super Typhoon Rolly made its second landfall at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday over Tiwi, around 40 kilometers from Legazpi City.

State weather bureau PAGASA warned that catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall associated with the region of the eyewall and inner rainbands of the typhoon is prevailing or expected within the next 12 hours in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, the northern portion of Sorsogon, Burias Island, Marinduque, the central and southern portions of Quezon, Laguna, and the eastern portion of Batangas.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 5 is also raised over Albay and Camarines Sur.

A total of 150,000 individuals have already been evacuated in the province in anticipation of Super Typhoon Rolly's onslaught, Bichara said.

Those staying in evacuation centers whose roofs have been removed will be transferred to other safe areas, he added.

"May nakatutok naman sa bawat evacuation center, may mga tao diyan," he continued.

Bichara also said that he already instructed local government units to pick up the relief goods that have been prepared while roads are still possible.

Although social distancing has been instructed in evacuation centers to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Bichara does not think it can still be practiced.

"Sa ganitong emergency, mahirap na lalo na kung natanggalan ng bubong, saan sila pupunta?" he said.

"Pasensya na yung social distancing. Sabagay wala namang gaano dito pagdating sa COVID. Lahat ng mga positive, naka-quarantine naman lahat," he added.

TCWS No. 4 has been raised over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Burias Island, Batangas, Cavite, Metro Manila, Laguna, Marinduque, and portions of Sorsogon, Quezon, Rizal, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro.

Lower tropical cyclone wind signals have also been hoisted in other areas in Luzon and the Visayas. — RSJ, GMA News

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