Albay governor seeks help for province after Rolly's wrath

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 1) — Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara is asking the national government for help after his province was hit hard by Typhoon Rolly.

Speaking to CNN Philippines on Sunday, Bichara said the damaged structures include some 150 houses in a barangay in Guinobatan which were struck by lahar and mudflow from Mount Mayon.

Bichara said some 150,000 residents were evacuated before the storm's landfall but many have already returned to their homes. Some, like those from Guinobatan, may be staying longer in the evacuation centers.

"Pero 'yung nawalan ng ano, hindi makakabalik sa bahay dahil nakalubog, lalo na sa Guinobatan. Talagang permanenteng lubog na yung mga bahay dahil nag-iba yung direction ng lahar, inabot yung sitio sa isang barangay," he said.

[Translation: But some won't be able to return because they lost their homes, especially in Guinobatan where houses are permanently submerged because the lahar's direction changed and reached a sitio in a barangay.]

Bichara is now appealing for help, especially food supplies, from the national government for those affected by the typhoon.

The governor said they are still confirming reports that at least four people have died in the province from the typhoon's onslaught.

Rolly (international name: Goni) made its first landfall on Sunday at 4:50 a.m. in Bato, Catanduanes and hit Tiwi, Albay at 7:20 a.m.

Bichara said rescue and relief operations have been unable to proceed to Tiwi because roads were still blocked by felled trees and electrical posts.

The weather bureau said the typhoon made a third landfall in San Narciso, Quezon at 12 noon, while a fourth landfall was recorded in Lobo, Batangas at 5:30 p.m.

Rolly slammed the country as a super typhoon but has since been downgraded to a typhoon.