BAGAC, Bataan – Big, turbulent waves triggered by Severe Tropical Storm Maring destroyed a dike and 28 houses along the West Philippine Sea in this town.
Barangay Pag-asa chair John Harry Carreon said on Tuesday there was no rain but strong winds caused strong waves to hit portions of the dike in Sitio Wawa.
The huge waves caused the structure to collapse and destroyed the houses along the shoreline.
Carreon said 21 houses were totally destroyed while seven were partially damaged, affecting 37 families or about 150 individuals. No one was hurt, he added.
Before the collapse of the dike, he said the barangay had preemptively evacuated residents to the village covered court, while some sought shelter with their relatives.
Carreon said they have been monitoring the big waves round-the-clock since Saturday and conducted sandbagging as protection for the dike that separated the houses from the sea.
“Kagabi sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon ay sobra ang laki ng alon na nasamahan pa ng lakas ng hangin kaya nakakalungkot ang nangyari sa amin sa Barangay Pag-asa. Wala namang naranasan na ulan at malalakas na hangin at malalaking alon lamang na nasabayan pa ng mataas na tubig (Last night, unexpectedly, there were extremely big waves accompanied by strong winds, thus, what happened here in Barangay Pag-asa is disheartening. There were no rains. Only strong winds and big waves aggravated by the high level of water),” he said.
Carreon said the provincial government under Gov. Albert Garcia and the local government led by Mayor Ramil del Rosario immediately provided assistance to their barangay.
A backhoe has started clearing the area of debris in preparation for the rehabilitation of the dike, while those temporarily sheltered at the covered court were served food.
The village reactivated the “Kusina sa Barangay” food provision program, Carreon said.
Rafael Estolatan, whose house was destroyed, recalled the incident.
“Habang kalakasan ng hangin, unang nagiba ang dike at nang magiba ito ng mga bandang hatinggabi ay doon na nag-umpisa ang sunod-sunod na paggiba ng mga kabahayan na malapit sa dike (While the winds were strong, the dike was first destroyed and then followed by the houses near the dike around midnight),” he said. (PNA)