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    Catanduanes Update: Super Typhoon Rolly onslaught

    MANILA, Philippines – Situation of the island province of Catanduanes in the Bicol Region, home to 260,000 people, a day after Super Typhoon 'Rolly' (Goni) still not clear due to "information blackhole" - no electricity and no network coverage.

    Catanduanes Update: Super Typhoon Rolly onslaught

    Disaster officials are still unable to reach the area on Monday, November 2, to help affected residents and determine the extent of the damage.

    National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mark Timbal told CNN Philippines that they are giving "particular attention" to Catanduanes.

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    Timbal said communications are limited to radio and satellite phones.

    GOOD NEWS: Communication link has been reestablished in Catanduanes as of 11:30AM with the successful arrival and set-up...

    Posted by The Summit Express on Sunday, November 1, 2020

    Super Typhoon 'Rolly' had maximum sustained winds of 225 km/h and gustiness of up to 280 km/h when it made landfall in the vicinity of Bato, Catanduanes at 4:50 am on Sunday, November 1.

    State weather bureau PAGASA advised of catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall associated with the region of the eyewall and inner rainbands of the typhoon.

    On Sunday, PAGASA in a TeleRadyo interview admitted they also lost communication in their weather station in Virac, the capital of the province.

    On Twitter, the "#NasaanAngCatanduanes" trended as netizens are calling the attention of news outlets and government to have clear picture of the devastated province and to devise ways to contact their relatives.




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    Posted by The Summit Express on Sunday, November 1, 2020

    Here's what we know so far from the onslaught of Super Typhoon 'Rolly' in Catanduanes:

    1. At least 80% of houses in three Catanduanes towns were destroyed by the typhoon, Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, said Monday.


    2. 90% of infrastructure damaged in Catanduanes, according to the initial assessment of Philippine National Police (PNP) as announced in today's "Laging Handa" briefing.

    3. In Gigmoto, Catanduanes, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) identified a fatality as Luis Ubalde, 48, and resident of the town. PNP added on Monday 3 more fatalities.

    4. Smart to commence restoration of wireless services in Catanduanes.

    "Our wireless services remain stable except for provinces affected by commercial power failure, particularly the areas of Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Northern Samar. Our pre-positioned technical teams will commence restoration as soon as weather permits," Smart said on Sunday.

    NOTE: For update of Globe advisory on network restoration.

    5. Power is still out in the entire province of Catanduanes.



    6. Vice President Leni Robredo now in Camarines Sur to see the actual situation of the hard-hit Bicol Region. "Will be going arond Albay and Catanduanes as well," she said.

    Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte will conduct aerial inspection.

    LOOK: VP Leni Robredo now in Camarines Sur to see the actual situation of the hard-hit Bicol Region. #RollyPH "𝘓𝘦𝘧𝘵...

    Posted by The Summit Express on Sunday, November 1, 2020

    Aerial view of Catanduanes | via Senator Bong Go "𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘰𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯 𝘯𝘪 𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘋𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘴 𝘯𝘨...

    Posted by The Summit Express on Sunday, November 1, 2020

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