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THE MORNING AFTER TYPHOON RUBY

By: Cora Basada


THE ACACIA AT HAMORAWON PARK
RUBY started making its presence felt at around 6:00 pm, December 6, 2014. Everyone was aware of how “big” Ruby was, and with its 16kph slow westward speed, it became the LONGEST NIGHT for all of us.

The super typhoon battered the city with its 180-220 kph winds for 12 hours continuously: a “never-before” encounter for us Boronganons who practically grew up with typhoons.

The city hall was jam-packed with evacuees from different barangays in central Borongan. Early evacuation started Friday, one day before the typhoon and the number of evacuees increased as Ruby neared. Some still did not heed the call for early evacuation and only ran to safety when the winds started howling, roofs started flying, and the water level in Loom and Borongan Rivers started rising.

LOOM RIVER
The men and women of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), also trained as rescue workers, risked the strong winds and flying debris saving the lives of our fellow Boronganons who were a “little hard-headed”. So did the men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Borongan Station whose Chief though tired from combating the strong winds, and soaked from the torrents of water brought about by Ruby, led the men in blue in the rescue operations.

The Mayor opted to stay at the City Hall to personally supervise all the men and women working under the Disaster Team.

We all survived the onslaught, we lived to tell the story… this story will be handed down from one generation to another, and I hope that the next generations will learn from the lessons of today.



BARANGAY D2

LOOM RIVER





REAL STREET

REAL STREET

BORONGAN PUBLIC MARKET

BORONGAN TRANSPORT TERMINAL

AT BOLHOT

EASITECH

MAYPANGDAN

BORONGAN CITY AIRPORT

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