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It was approaching midnight when I was hearing the roof of the houses outside shaking and dead branches falling, I have said to myself that Typhoon Sendong have indeed arrived in our city. Honestly, when I heard about the storm warnings, I didn’t believe it because in Cagayan de Oro City’s history, our city was never in the path ways of typhoons. But when I heard the wind, I immediately believed it!!!
When midnight passed, (December 17) the electricity went out and then we decided to sleep but after a few minutes, we heard people calling outside our gate. We thought it was my sister wanting to get in but we were wrong. It was my older brother, his family and in-laws. They have evacuated their houses in Macanhan, Carmen (near Cagayan de Oro River) because the water level rose up. They were quick to respond. They brought with them all the children and also the old folks. One of them recently had a stroke.
When morning came, we noticed that there was no water flowing in our faucets. The electricity is still in total black out. My mobile phone was down. We never knew what really happened until my mom, who assisted my brother in Macanhan came back. She said many people died and as of what she reported, 20 bodies are already placed on a dump truck. My cousin who came from the bridge saw a lot of dead people being piled on the sides of the bridge waiting for some family members to claim.
Aerial View of Cagayan de Oro City during the wrath of Typhoon Sendong. Photo courtesy of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)… Capt. Israel Ranario (pilot) and Mr. Emmanuel D. Abellanosa, Head, Mindanao Operations and Maintenance.
After we ate lunch, my husband went out to visit his family to see if they are OK since their place were prone to floods. When he arrived there, he saw that everything was fine but his uncle’s family and his cousins in Tambo, Carmen were victimized by the flash floods. Good thing they only lost their possessions but all of them were alive. Like my brother and his family, they too were quick to respond as they have noticed the floods coming in. My husband came home and cooked food for them while we prepare dry clothes to donate to them. My children also gave clothes to my brother’s two little girls.
As the day ended, I thank the Lord for keeping our loved one’s safe; not only them but also our friends in Balulang and even us. Though some of them lost their homes and possessions, no lives were lost. All are safe and I praise God!
I also pray for those whose lives were lost especially the children who, I believe are the real victims of this tragedy. I didn’t post pictures of victims because it is so heart-breaking. 😥
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who have gone their way to ask us on our situation and prayed for our safety. God bless you all. :heart:
And for some thoughts for reflection, the flash flood was not only composed of water but mostly of mud and other debris; thus it gave me the impression to ask… where are the trees in our mountainous area?? 🙁
To help the victims of Typhoon Washi (Sendong), please click HERE.