Typhoon Ruby leaves trail of destruction in Eastern Samar

By Atom Arullo

SAMAR – A stadium with its roof ripped off, buildings of the Eastern Samar State University damaged.

Even this school which had just undergone renovation just last October was not spared. It was also severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda last year.

“Mahirap magkaroon ng eskwelahan,” said Lyn Abella, principal of Dapdap National High School.

Many homes were destroyed as well.

“Di kami nakakabangon ngayon, washed out na naman,” said Pedro Mainiti.

Electric posts and trees fell, leaving roads impassable. Ruby left a trail of destruction in Dolores, Eastern Samar, and neighboring town Can-avid.

“Ruby” made its first landfall over Dolores over the weekend. In the nearby town of Oras, many homes were also washed out.

“Yung iba naanod na yung iba nawalan ng gamit,” said Marla Caraga, a resident in the area.

In the town of Taft, residents have become desperate for food and water. In Calbayog, a three-month-old baby, Princess, was killed after a big tree fell on their house.

Princess and her mother were trapped inside for an hour.

“Natumba nalang po bigla, said Maricel Repamonte, “ako naipit yung kamay ko. Pero siya, yung buong katawan po. Linagari pa nila yung mga kahoy para makuha kami.”

The Philippine Red Cross says at least 23 died in Eastern Samar – 16 of them in Borongan alone. Many of them drowned.

With the worst already over, many evacuees have returned to their homes.

Although power and communication lines are still down, many are relieved and grateful to be alive.

“Dahil talaga yan sa preemptive evacuation naming,” said Chat Gonzaga, Calgayog City administrator. “Kahit na mas malakas ang pagtama ng bagyong ito kaysa sa Yolanda o Glenda, maliit lang ang damage.”

A lesson learned from past storms and a practice, LGU’s hope to meet their zero casualties goal.

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  • moqbular rahman
    27 December 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Help a women with her two child who lost her home, food, cloth, & job in Typoon Ruby in Eastern Samar, she lives with her two child on a table in a Tent. she has no job, no food, no cloth nothing. So pls. help her to provide a job like house keeping or alike . https://www.facebook.com/ainer.tanbarros