Massive Destruction Left by Super Typhoon Rolly in Dalupaon

“Super strong. It’s like bombs were dropping incessantly on the village.” This is how Dalupaoeños or Dalupaoans describe what it was like while Super Typhoon Rolly was ravaging the Bicol region around eight o’clock in the morning of November 1, the day when they were supposed to commemorate All Saints’ Day — the day when approximately 10 million people in the region were fearing the onslaught of the super typhoon.

Internationally, Rolly is called Goni by Japan Meteorological Agency, the agency responsible for forecasting, naming, and distributing warnings for tropical cyclones in the Northwestern Pacific region.

Aftermath of Rolly

November 2 was the day to commemorate All Souls’ Day, remembering the deceased members of the family. Because of massive destruction left by the super typhoon, however, it’s not only the souls of departed whom they remembered but also their homes that were left submerged in debris, floods, and landslides.

Instead of easing their pain by trying to accept that loved ones were no longer with them, the aftermath of the super typhoon weakened them again, adding just another heavy burden on them, not to mention the eighth month of living under community quarantine with lockdowns everywhere due to COVID-19 global pandemic — traveling across the country has been restricted, millions of employees were terminated, hundreds of thousands of small businesses were closed, and many things best left unmentioned.

Center of the Eye of Super Typhoon Rolly

The beautiful province of Camarines and neighboring provinces of the Bicol region were the center of the eye of the super typhoon. Camarines was once the seat of Spanish power in the region for 333 years before it was taken over by Americans for the next 48 years. The beautiful province shares history with Spain and Mexico as well as with the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands during World War II.

Huge waves generated by Rolly from Ragay Gulf occupying the shores, reaching Zone 4 Gate of Brangay Dalupaon | Photo: Eron Bombales /
A father fixing house’s roof, ruined by Rolly, while his two daughters enjoy playing a day after the super typhoon ravaged their village | Photo: Eron Bombales /
Define resiliency. There’s so much to clean, but keep on smiling! Ate Vilma cleans the mess left by Rolly | Photo: Eron Bombales /
An old couple in front of their small house destroyed by Super Typhoon Goni
An old couple in front of their small house destroyed by Super Typhoon Rolly | Photo: Eron Bombales /

Help us rebuild the lives of families affected

We set up a fundraising activity for the families affected in Bicol region. The funds that we are raising will enable us to rebuild more lives affected by the super typhoon that battered the Philippines.

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