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    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon

    MANILA, Philippines – Around 300 homes were buried under huge rocks and lahar flow from the majestic Mayon Volcano, not because of a volcanic eruption but due to Super Typhoon Rolly.
    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon

    In photos shared by Rep. Zaldy Co of Ako Bicol Party-list, many homes could be seen buried up to the roof in lahar from the volcano. While there were homes that were only partially submerged, there were others that were almost completely buried.

    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon
    Photo credits: Rep. Zaldy Co / Facebook 

    This led to fears that there could still be people inside some of these homes who were unable to escape the rushing mud flow and were buried alive.

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    The super typhoon made its first landfall over Bato, Catanduanes just a few minutes before 5AM on Sunday, November 1. Packing maximum winds of 225 kilometers per hour, ‘Rolly’ is the strongest typhoon to hit the Earth this year.

    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon
    Photo credits: Rep. Zaldy Co / Facebook

    Aside from strong winds, however, the super typhoon also brought a lot of rain. It poured buckets of rain across many areas in Luzon.

    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon

    Days before Rolly made landfall, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned people living in towns or cities near the three volcanoes along its path that the super typhoon could lead to lahar flows.

    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon

    “Due to its trajectory, current severe intensity and potentially high-volume rainfall, Rolly can be expected to generate volcanic sediment flows or lahars, muddy stream flows or muddy run-off in rivers and drainage areas on the monitored active volcanoes,” Phivolcs declared, referring to Mayon, Pinatubo, and Taal volcanoes.

    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon

    “Mayon lahars can threaten communities downstream of the above channels with inundation, burial and wash away.”

    Preparing for what might happen next, local government units (LGUs) evacuated its residents some hours ahead of Rolly’s landfall. In Albay alone, it is estimated that more than 200,000 people were evacuated to higher, safer ground.

    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon
    Photo credits: Rep. Zaldy Co / Facebook

    Just as predicted, the super typhoon led to massive lahar flows, particularly from the Mayon Volcano.

    At around 8AM on Sunday morning, Purok 6 and Purok 7 of Barangay San Francisco in Guinobatan, Albay, could be seen buried under muds and huge rocks from the lahar flow. According to Rep. Zaldy, around 300 homes from these puroks were buried.

    300 homes buried under huge rocks, lahar flow from Mayon

    Many netizens expressed surprise and fear over the huge rocks that were seen scattered around the area from the volcano. Search and rescue operations are still on-going, particularly in search of families reported to be lost before the lahar flow began.

    AKSYON KO BICOL NEWS | NOVEMBER 1, 2020

    AKSYON KO BICOL NEWS | NOVEMBER 1, 2020 Mga harong, natambunan nin lahar sa Guinobatan, Albay. Babayi, gadan matapos matumbahan an harong nin kahoy sa Daraga, Albay. Nasa Youtube naman an samuyang mga bareta mga ka-Aksyon. Magsubscribe sa samuyang Youtube channel, Aksyon Ko Bicol or i-click an link na ini: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_z-Jw2S8u3Xz_VEc4Mfx3g #RollyPH #AksyonKoOnlineTV #MasasarigangBaretaAsinImpormasyonSaBicol #KaAksyon

    Posted by Aksyon Ko Online TV on Sunday, November 1, 2020

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