Surge hits Talisay City villages; 297 families flee-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
CLOSE to 300 families living in three coastal barangays in Talisay City were forced to evacuate after meter-high waves hit their houses last Sunday night.
A government weather observer said the huge waves were caused by the seasonal southwest monsoon wind or habagat, enhanced by surges caused by Typhoon Ramil (international codename: Danas).
About 297 families living in Barangays Poblacion, Dumlog and Cansojong were forced to leave their homes after huge waves hit their houses around 9 p.m. last Sunday.
Vince Monterde, Talisay City public information officer, said that as of Monday, 170 families from Poblacion, 95 families from Dumlog and 32 families from Cansojong were displaced by the huge waves.
An estimated 50 houses were damaged or destroyed.
Baby Sanchez, 42, told Sun.Star Cebu that while she and her family were watching TV, huge waves from the sea suddenly entered her house through the windows.
Sanchez, a resident of Sitio Kalubihan in Poblacion, said that by the time she and her family got out of their house, their neighbors were running frantically away from the seaside.
Waves reaching about 1.6 meters high pummeled their houses and flooded their seaside village with knee-deep water.
Sanchez said those were the biggest waves she had ever seen. “Sobra ra kaayo to kataas, murag mulapas naman siguro sa tawo (They were too high; they towered over people’s heads),” she added.
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As families scrambled to avoid the storm surge, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office sent a team to Talisay City. Officer Niel Sanchez said some 795 individuals were evacuated to the Poblacion Sports Complex.
Back in 2007, the residents were advised to move since they were living in the easement area, said Sanchez.
He recalled that there was an area provided by former mayor and now councilor Socrates Fernandez, but the families were hesitant to move out since they fished for a living.
Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said the Province will distribute rice, canned goods and others to the affected families today, Tuesday.
Sanchez and other affected families living in Poblacion were forced to evacuate to higher ground. Some stayed, but chose to sleep outside their homes, so they could see what was going on.
After assessing the situation last Sunday, Talisay City Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes and Councilor Danny Caballero asked the affected residents to evacuate to the Talisay City Sports Complex in Poblacion, for the time being.
De los Reyes has also ordered the City Social Welfare Office to provide the affected residents with relief goods and financial aid.
But some residents refused to live in the designated evacuation center and immediately returned to their homes once the waves subsided.
In an interview on Monday, Caballero said he had noticed that there are some parts of the city’s seaside that lacked a seawall. Some areas such as Litmon and Mahayahay in Barangay Poblacion and some parts of Barangays Cansojong and Tanke now have seawalls to protect them from sea surges.
Caballero said that they plan to inquire from the City Engineering Office on whether more seawalls will be placed in affected coastal areas in the city.
Alice Canasa, weather specialist at the Mactan station of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, revealed that the sudden waves that hit Talisay City were due to the high tide and surges caused by Typhoon Ramil as it left the country.
The typhoon left behind light to moderate winds and isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. (With Flornisa M. Gitgano/Sun.Star Cebu)