storm alert!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

The third typhoon in almost three weeks is on it's way to the country. The affected provinces haven't even recovered from last week's deadly typhoon Winnie, and now here comes another one, and a Super Typhoon at that! Seeing the weather reports at the major TV networks here, as well as in CNN & BBC, the extent of the typhoon encompasses the whole country. According to initial reports, typhoon Yoyong is going to be a really strong one with gusts of wind of up to 210-240/kph. In fact, there are already some provinces that are under storm signal number 4. Yikes! In all my years of existence, this is only the second typhoon with that signal I've encountered. The last one happened in the mid-nineties, and I remember that the wind was so strong, it almost uprooted our mango tree. It's still bearing fruit, but now the mango tree is angled about 45 degrees to the left.

When I was in school, I was glad when there were typhoons coz classes would be suspended. Now I dread it because of the destruction it brings - flash floods, landslides, loss of life and property. It's disheartening to see the people directly affected by the typhoon's wrath, and the path of destruction it leaves.

I was watching the news last night and it was distressful. The last I heard, more than 400 people died and several more are still misssing, from the last typhoon that hit the country. I was teary-eyed when I saw the children who survived, after being swept away by the raging flood waters, and even more so, when footages of those who perished were shown. I feel sorry for the people who lost their properties, their livelihood and most especially, their loved ones. It makes it even more sad because in only a few weeks, it'll already be Christmas. :(

A computer simulation of the landslides in Aurora province showed the gravity of the situation, caused mainly by illegal logging activities. Now the government officials are at an uproar. Sus, too late! It makes me feel outraged that the illegal logging situation is addressed only when there are deadly landslides. Why is it that people have to die first before the ones concerned do something?

As I write this, I can see the swaying of the leaves of the trees at the parking area below, from the office windows. There are also spurts of rain, indicating that the storm is inching it's way and will have landfall in the next 24 hours. I pray that in the next few hours, the storm will lose its strength and veer away from the country. If not, I pray that there will be no loss of life.

Be safe, everyone!

5 comments:

tin said...

keep safe, jen. i pray that "yoyong" misses luzon and goes straight to the pacific!

120204 - 8:59 pm

Ginn said...

Im gonna be stranded sa ayala!! shyet!

120204 - 11:32 pm

missP said...

kaka takot naman. i saw nga last night sa local news dito na nag flash floods somewhere around north and central luzon area...ang dami na naman apektado niyan. i remember the last worst one was sometime in 2001 or was it 2000? tinamaan ang camiguin island very badly. when we went there in 2002 naka recover na sila. but one story i heard was of that baby which was put in a sack by the grandfather because the rest of the family couldn't be located anymore...natakot ang matanda na pati ang baby matangay ng flash flood, so he put the baby in a rice sack and hanged the baby to a tree branch.the baby survived, but the rest of the family didn't.

so sad...and now this na naman, :'(!

120304 - 7:32 am

jajey said...

oh yes... kawawa naman yung mga affected...

so much for christmas atmosphere, huh?

120304 - 6:24 pm

Jennie said...

thanks, tin! buti na lang nagchange directions si yoyong chaka mabilis sha. although madami pa din naapektuhan. :(

aw shucks, Ginn! na-stranded ka? I hope nakapahinga ka na :(

nakakalungkot talaga, missP. :( meron nga sa aurora, yung 11 yr. old boy, tinali sha ng kapatid nya sa puno, para hindi sha tangayin. pag gising nya, naka-abot sha sa next town, tinangay din sha ng flash floods pos sha lang yung nakasurvive sa family nya. nakaka-iyak talaga

it's a good thing wala nang bagyo. chaka masaya ako kasi in times of tragedy, nagtutulong-tulong lahat ng tao. ang daming volounteers na tumulong chaka madaming nagdonate ng food, clothes and money.

jajey, oo nga, kalungkot kasi lapit na pasko. pero salamat talaga at wala na ang bagyo :)

120304 - 8:49 pm