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Gov’t preps for ‘Rolly’ as ‘Quinta’ leaves over P1B damage

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Authorities have started preparing for the storm about to enter the country as efforts to recover from devastation by typhoon “Quinta” are still underway.

A pre-disaster risk assessment (PDRA) meeting is ongoing Wednesday afternoon to discuss possible impacts of the tropical depression, which will be called “Rolly,” said Mark Timbal, National Disaster Risk Reduction, and Management Council spokesman.

The meeting is being held on both national and regional levels, he added.

Typhoon Quinta, which just exited the country on Tuesday, devastated many parts of three regions in Southern Luzon and affected nearby  Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila.

It left at least 17 persons dead, of which only seven were recognized by the NDRRMC, and affected more than one million people including more than 300,000 who evacuated.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure has reached P1.459 billion, mostly in crops, in Bicol, MIMAROPA, and Calabarzon alone, according to reports by the Regional Office of Civil Defense (OCD) units.

The figure does not include that for the more than 23,500 houses that were damaged and destroyed.

Local authorities in Oriental Mindoro, Naujan town, and Batangas City declared these areas under a state of calamity because of Quinta’s effects.

Before Quinta, tropical storm Pepito and tropical depression Ofel had already inundated parts of Southern Luzon.

Current forecasts show that the tropical depression currently outside the country may also become a typhoon and take a path similar to that of Quinta.

It was spotted 1,910 kilometers east of Central Luzon as of 4 p.m. Wednesday and will be called “Rolly” once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday, according to PAGASA.

The tropical depression bears maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of 70kph while moving west-northwest at a speed of 10kph.

It is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm within 24 hours and continue to intensify, with the possibility of becoming a typhoon before landfall.

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