Earth Watch Report - Giant Wave Impact
|07.10.2013||Giant Wave Impact||Indonesia||Cebu, Talisay City|
Giant Wave Impact in Indonesia on Monday, 07 October, 2013 at 10:06 (10:06 AM) UTC.
|At least 297 families in three villages in Talisay City, Cebu were urged to evacuate their homes after huge waves hit the shorelines near their areas on Sunday evening. Talisay Public Information Officer Vince Monterde said Monday that around 9 p.m. of Sunday, the residents noticed huge waves and the waters went inside their houses. Monterde said the City Government convinced the affected families to evacuate, but they refused to move out, believing that the situation will go back to normal. The affected families include 95 in the village of Dumlog, 175 in Poblacion, and 32 in Cansojong. A total of 11 houses and two small fishing vessels were also destroyed, according to a report by the Talisay City Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Monterde said Talisay City Mayor Johnny delos Reyes has ordered the city’s social office to provide relief goods for the affected families. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration Central Visayas Chief Oscar Tabada said the huge waves were brought by the southwest monsoon. As of this posting, the situation in Talisay City is back to normal, but Monterde advised the residents to go immediately to the nearest evacuation centers if the huge waves will strike back again. The evacuation areas are in barangay halls and at the Talisay City Sports Center.|
Long night of dread for affected families
LEZHEL Genobisa’s family managed only a few hours of sleep yesterday morning after their home and a few other houses were washed out by waves caused by high tide in sitio Litmon, barangay Dumlog in Talisay City last Sunday evening.
“My husband, three children and I were shaking in fear. I saw the waves hitting the houses,” she said.
Genobisa, 23, lived near the dike that was supposed to help buffer the waves which reached as high as five to seven feet last Sunday.
Some families stayed across the coastal roads while others stayed at the Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel yesterday.
Genobisa is staying in a wooden waiting shed across the road where her house used to stand.
Her family was able to save two boxes and five sacks of clothes as they evacuated.
“We first made sure our children were safe here (waiting shed),” she told Cebu Daily News.
Another resident, Jovelyn Jubay and her 5-year-old son, were stranded inside their house for 30 minutes.
“I already heard the strong waves at 8 p.m and when I checked, the sea level had risen. I was alarmed,” Jubay said.
She and her son tried to leave but a column from her neighbor’s house fell and blocked their doorway.
Surge hits Talisay City villages; 297 families flee
Monday, October 7, 2013
CEBU (Updated) — 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.
6 years ago
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.