Around 300 homes were buried under huge rocks and mud from the lahar flow from Mayon Volcano, one of the most devastating effects left by Super Typhoon Rolly.
Though the super typhoon only spent half the day on Luzon land mass after it made landfall at 5AM, it left a lot of damage in its wake. With many areas placed under the highest storm signals that are rarely used in storms regularly experienced in the country, thousands of homes were damaged by the floods, storm surges, landslides, and strong winds.
Though floods have long been a common experience during typhoons, Rolly was more devastating to many places because of the lahar flows that it triggered from the volcanoes along its path.
There were many areas that experienced lahar flows so strong that huge rocks and thick mud covered their homes!
Elizaldy “Zaldy” S. Co of Ako Bicol Party-list shared photos showing the massive damage left by Rolly as lahar flow covered at least 300 homes in Purok 6 and 7, San Francisco, Guinobatan, Albay, with huge rocks and thick lahar. A lot of the homes were buried up to their roofs!
Several people were believed to have been buried beneath the lahar while they were still alive. Though their families hope that they might still be found alive, it is hard to tell whether they were able to escape such devastation.
Considering the huge rocks, some the size of cars, that were carried away from the volcano into these villages, the lahar flow must have been really strong. It’s sad to realize that those buried under these muds might never be found again…