‘Quinta’ out; ‘Rolly’ to enter PH today

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    Path of Rolly based on Pagasa reports (Artwork by MBI)

    TYPHOON “Quinta” exited the country yesterday, leaving some P1.8 billion in damage to agriculture in Oriental Mindoro which is now under a state of calamity.

    A tropical depression, to be named “Rolly,” is forecast to enter the Philippine area of responsibility today, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA).

    Weather specialist Ariel Roxas said the tropical depression may intensify into a storm in 48 to 72 hours.

    “Based on the forecast track, it will make a landfall on Sunday in the Bicol region, it may make the landfall as a typhoon,” he said.

    PAGASA said the tropical depression was some 1,910 km east of Central Luzon as of 3 p.m. yesterday and was moving northwest at 10 kph. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

    In a tropical cyclone advisory issued at 10 a.m., PAGASA said the tropical depression may intensity into a storm within 24 hours.

    Oriental Mindoro Gov. Humerlito Dolor the towns of Victoria, Socoro, San Teodoro, Pinamalayan, Mansalay, and Gloria were severely affected by Quinta.

    He also said about 5,200 houses were destroyed while 27,000 others were damaged.
    Occidental Mindoro Gov. Eduardo Gadiano said they are planning to place the entire province under a state of calamity.

    Gadiano reported massive damage to agriculture and infrastructure but could not immediately give figures. He said damage assessment was still ongoing as of yesterday.

    Meanwhile, the NDRRMC placed the official death toll from Quinta at nine — two in Negros Oriental (both drowning), two in Occidental Mindoro (both drowning), two in Romblon (one drowning and one hit by fallen tree), one in Marinduque (drowning), one in Oriental Mindoro (hit by fallen tree), and one in Palawan (hit by fallen tree).

    The NDRRMC said it is verifying five other deaths reported in Palawan.

    Police and local government officials earlier reported two deaths in Quezon (one drowning and one hit by fallen tree), one in Cagayan (drowning), and one in Laguna (hit by fallen tree). They were yet to be included in the NDRRMC tally.