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After He Left - The Devastating Aftermath

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4 months ago

At 4:50 a.m. on Sunday, Super Typhoon Rolly inch its way and made a landfall over Bato Catanduanes. With 315 kilometers per hour maximum sustained winds, it began to pummel everything in its path and left the province with devastating marks. It continued it's way over to the province of Albay and began to cut its trail of death when the heavy rains caused the debris from Mayon volcano's massive eruption in the past, such as ashes, pumice, rocks and sand flowed down and buried the villages of Travesia and San Francisco in mud and rocks. There are a total of 10 casualties in Albay according to the recent news report and three people are still missing.

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In this photo, a dead woman from Guinobatan, Albay was being taken out of the mud after super typhoon Rolly left the province.

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A person tried to save his life but unable to because his body is already buried in the ground when the lahar flowed down.

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This is a village is Guinobatan, Albay which is engulfed by lahar. According to the news reports, around 300 houses were buried under the armored rocks coming from the Mayon Volcano.

While the entire country is still struggling due to the corona virus pandemic, the world's strongest storm this 2020 caused a lot of trees to topple, many houses were left flattened and hundreds of roofs were also sent whirling through the air when strong rain and catastrophic winds pummeled the Bicol region. Roads and farms were drowned in torrents as flood came rushing.

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This is Mr. Salvador, a man from Guinabatan, Albay who lost his 5 year old son. According to reports, he was holding his son when unexpextedly, a rushing flood came and his son was swept away by the strong torrent. His son's body was found by Red Cross' volunteers in Oas, Albay which is 25 kilometers away. When Mr. Salvador saw the child's body, he confirmed that it is indeed his son. His wife and his daughter were also swept away by swollen torrents from the flood and are reported missing up to now.

This is a house from my hometown, a lot of houses like this were also left flattened by super typhoon Rolly. It will take weeks and even months for these people to rebuild their houses and go back to their normal life.

This is a photo taken this afternoon. Previously, my neighbor's house was standing here, but the strong storm swept their house. Unfortunately, it wasn't even a year yet since they built the house and now they have to rebuild it.

Amid the strong winds and rain, village officials in our place rushed in the streets to get a coffin out of the flood. They said that it was a coffin burried about a month ago. And yesterday, while someone's cleaning, a partially decomposing corpse is found one kilometer from my house. Imagine the horror of the residents from our community when they found out about it.

This is a photo of the market area in my town. Unfortunately, the whole town was soaked in the flood. The strong rain and wind also destroyed some burial niche and tombs on a nearby cemetery which caused some corpses to be carried by the flood. Aside from that, a sick old man drowned in the flood as well. Since he is already bed ridden, he wasn't able to get out of his house and evacuate so when the flood came, he drowned and died.

Some roads are still not passable until now because a lot of electricity posts and we're severely damaged and are still lying in the streets. Transmission lines are also cut off which causes a massive brownout in the Bicol region. Just like before, it would probably take weeks or even months for the electricity supply to be fixed. In a nearby town, internet connection and phone receptions are also cut off. Thankfully, we already have a stable internet connection in my town after two days of losing contact from the 'outside world'.

Saturday, a day before super typhoon Rolly, landed, was like any ordinary day. The sun shined the whole day, so many people in our place are not expecting for the typhoon to be as strong as it was. But it so happened that when a super strong typhoon is coming, the sun always shine as if it was it's last. Just like how it was when super typhoon Reming and super Typhoon Yolanda hit the country. If we compare it, both are also deadly and both landed in the month of November. This should serve as a lesson that if the sun shines brightly a day or two before the landfall of a strong typhoon, it should be a warning for people to start preparing for the worst to happen. Pack the important stuffs and evacuate to a safer place and seek shelter.

Who would've expect that a catastrophic storm would come the next day when the sky is as stunning as this?

The resiliency of Filipinos, especially the Bicolanos will be tested again after super typhoon Rolly left with a devastating aftermath. But like the previous storms that hit us, this would surely pass and we will surely be able to endure the devastating aftermath.

Thank you so much for reaching this point of reading this article. I'm not sure if there are already some users who wrote about this topic, but I still want to write about this on my own perspective. After two days of being unable to connect to the internet, I'm glad to finally able to publish an update. - @esciisc 💕

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Gosh, I pray that man didn't really lose his whole family. God will be with you guys; I've never seen a typhoon before but I watched the one that happened in Japan (was it? I can't recall) and it was really a monster. The water was taller than anything I imagined. God, I can only imagine the destruction.

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3 months ago

I think you are referring to the tsunami in Japan, that country is prone to tsunami but here it's different. Typhoons are like hurricanes and we are actually used to that already, not a year won't pass without experiencing a typhoon. But this one's currently the strongest and most destructive I experienced so far. Too bad it happened in the midst of this pandemic.

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3 months ago

Really nice article.

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4 months ago

Naalala ko tuloy un bagyong Yolanda,ganyan din nangyare tpos 2 weeks na walang kuryente at tubig.

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4 months ago

Dito sa amin lagpas one week na na walang kuryente kasi di pa naayos yung nasira ni Quinta tapos eto na naman. Buti po sainyo di naman umabot si Rolly?

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4 months ago

Signal #1 kmi to pero d naman masyado mahangin,maulan lang..

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4 months ago

As in grabe talaga ginawa ng bagyong rolly. Kakastressed nga tumingin sa facebook kasi halos lahat ng nasa news feed ko tungkol sa pinsala ng bagyong Rolly. Buti na lang sila mama okay at yung bahay namin hindi nasira.

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4 months ago

Buti naman. Pero binaha din yata sila? Umapaw daw yung ilog malapit sainyo. Ako kasi di nakapag online kasi super bagal ng internet connection kaya kanina lang talaga nakapag internet at browse sa facebook.

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4 months ago

Oo. Pumasok din yung tubig sa loob ng bahay. Hindi naman daw gaano.

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4 months ago

Yung kapatid at nanay ng partner andyan sa bicol. Sira yung bahay na tinutuluyan nila. Nasa state of shock nga si Nanay, ayaw umalis sa sirang bahay. Kahit anong pilit daw ng kapatid nya ayaw talaga sumama. Grabe talaga yung bagyo, Earth's Strongest Typhoon of the year eh.

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4 months ago

it really is devastating..mabuti at ok lng kau. grabe tlaga ang pinsalang dulot ng bagyo.. sana humihina si bagyong siony kung maglalandfall dito sa Luzon. ang mas mahirap pa dyan is yung sa evacuation centers, siksikan ang mga evacuees mas tataas ang risk ng covid-19

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4 months ago

Wow outstanding. Good writeen about it. Good to see your article.

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4 months ago

Really nice

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4 months ago

thank you.

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4 months ago

Grabe di pa nga tayo totally recovered sa Covid 19 tapos bagyo naman nanalasa Haays. sana matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga apektado

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4 months ago

Aaaaw. So sad to know about this. I hoe everything will be better fpr you soon.

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4 months ago

Oh my god... After yolanda, here comes rolly . lage nlng b pinas nkakaranas ng malalakas na bagyo... It is not really safe to be in a countey facing the pacific ocean.. Ang prob pa nyan sa evacuation centers.. Walang social distancing. Kawawa nmn yung mga namatay

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4 months ago

Kaya nga eh. Nakakatakot kasi sa part na yan ng Albay marami din ang cases ng Covid 19 tapos siksikan sa evacuation. Haaays. Kawawa din yung mga bahay na natabunan ng lahar. Dalawang baranggay din yun.

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4 months ago

Malaki na ang two brgys.. Lage nlng tlga sinusubukan ang resiliency ng mga pinoy 😢

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4 months ago

Oo nga, pero makakabangon din naman yan. Mas malala pa nga dito nung 2006, nasa 600+ ang natabunan ng lahar that time. Sa Catanduanes din marami daw ang inanod na bahay sa tabing dagat. Wala pa ngang balita sa mga friends ko dun, baka until now wala pang signal.

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4 months ago

At sa yolanda thounsand ang casualties.. Sana lng my mga tumulong. Hndi kya ng gobyerno lng 😥

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4 months ago

Sana nga may dumating na tulong mula sa NGOs kasi halos wala na din maitutulong ang gobyerno dahil nga sa COVID.

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4 months ago

Tama.. At dhil sa nangyaring corruption nung panahon ng yolanda, kulang na tuloy International Organizations na tumutulong sa pinas.

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4 months ago

Kumusta kayo sis? I've been thinking of you the whole time na nananalasa si rolly.. i saw a video of a family praying up in the attic.. The video has become viral. I was teary eyed seeing these people with kids praying aloud and some were crying. I hope they're fine..

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4 months ago

Okay naman kami sis. Salamat sa Diyos at safe naman yung family ko. Bumaha lang dito pero hanggang tuhod lang. Buti na lang at nag prepare kami. Yung mga kapitbahay namin na iba nagiba yung mga bahay at na wash out. Ang nakakatakot pa dito kasi may sementeryo na di kalayuan at may mga naanod na bangkay sa may malapit sa amin. Thanks for worrying.

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4 months ago

This is definitely devastating😭

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4 months ago

That's really heartbreaking.. I Hope god will bless them all😑

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4 months ago

so sad

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4 months ago

These kind of tragedies hurt me in my heart. The intense amount of destruction that these people endure is shocking compared to what I or someone in Canada would give up on...

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4 months ago

Good Gracious, grabi naman talaga ang baha o,lampas na lampas na sa tao ee, at nabalita nga yang bangkay na galing pa sa kabaong. Grabi si rolly talaga ang daming napinsala, at kawawa nan yung babae. Kamusta bahay nyo? Sana naman okay lang din, grabi yung sinapit ng bahay ng neighbor nyo ee.

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4 months ago

Actually madaming ganyan ang natabunan, nasa sampu yata. Kawawa naman yung mga tao. Buti dito sa amin wala namang damage, mas madami pa nga yung damage ni tisoy, ngayon bumaha lang ng hanggang tuhod pero grabe yung agos ng tubig, buti nga at nandito lang kami sa bahay kundi baka inanod na yung mga gamit.

Yung kapitbahay namin ang sobrang nakakaawa kasi ilang buwan pa lang nilang nagagawa yang bahay nila dahil sa typhoon Tisoy tapos ngayon totally bumagsak. Umiiyak na nga yung babae habang lumilikas kasi muntikan na silang mabagsakan nung bahay nila. Di naman kasi inexpect na sa sobranglakas nung bagyo, babagsak yung bahay.

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4 months ago

Kawawa naman, wala pang isang taon goodbye agad, basta talaga bagyo nakuu. Bat kasi nauso pa ang bagyo, kelan ba nag start yan bat nagkaroon ng bagyo, may history ba un 🤦. Di

Si nasa evacuation sila ngayon, pero mahalaga pa din ay buhay sila, makakapag ipon naman ulit siguro sila pampagawa ng bahay, and im sure babaha din ng tulong yan, madami pa namang mabait sa mundo kaya sure yan.

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