Waves wreck seaside village as Typhoon Bopha spares most of Cebu
As Tropical Cyclone Bopha (known locally as Pablo), spared most parts of Cebu Island in central Philippines, the town of Boljoon was ravaged by waves as high as fifteen feet.
As Tropical Cyclone Bopha (local codename: Pablo), spared most parts of Cebu Island in central Philippines, the town of Boljoon was ravaged by waves as high as fifteen feet. Houses situated by the seaside were wrecked and more than a dozen outrigger boats of fishermen were shattered.
Houses in the seaside village of Talisay near the town center were the ones mostly hit, including the town plaza. The house of the Barutag family was tilted and opened half by the strong high waves, all their belonging were destroyed and their clothes washed away. Homes of the Pelone family were damage as one was leveled to the ground. Sadness overwhelmed Epifanio Pelone, 73, saying, “It is the first time that he witnesses such a tragedy in their place”. Six year-old John Matthew R. Felicis, was lucky that he together with his family had evacuated. The wall on his room near his bed was rampaged and shattered by the big waves filling their house and destroyed everything in it. Rocks, seashells fishes and shrimps were thrown by the waves up to the town’s tennis court and municipal hall with some outrigger boats washed to the adjacent road.
In the resort strip in the nearby village of Lusapon, Bopha’s devastation contrasted the turquoise-blue waters. Trees providing shade to the white-pebbled beach line were toppled. A newly built cottage in Arnel Romero’s resort that was due to be blessed and inaugurated was left in ruins. His uncle Feliciano Romero was there when the big waves struck, all he could do was save some appliances then run to safety.
Some residents say that the shape of the cove where their houses are and the depth of the reef below it may have cause the waves to surge high. Nearby villages beside shallow waters were not hit by waves but only strong winds causing less damage.
Latest report (December 06, 2012) from the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said that 325 are dead 411 injured and almost 400 are still missing. Most of the victims are from Mindanao Island, southern Philippines.