AGNA, Bohol.One is dead and four others missing as a result of what the victims consider ?storm surge? generated by tropical depression Queenie that struck most of eastern towns in Bohol. Several houses and infrastructure were destroyed and three cargo ship, one in Garcia-Hernandez and two in this town, were no match to the big waves as a result of the typhoon. Municipal planning and development coordinator Engr. Gerry V. Araneta of this town yesterday said that based on their initial verification the storm surge was as high as ten feet and the runoff flooded some national highway and as far as some 100 meters away. In a separate interview, Rosario Acero owner of two fishing boats destroyed by the storm, confirmed it was like storm surge that big waves washed some boats ashore. She said she never saw like that before in her life.
Storm surge as a result of supertyphoon Yolanda was sais to be the culprit that killed thousands in Leyte on November 8, 2013. Araneta identified the fatality as one Desario dela Serna, chief engineer of the cargo ship Edward Lawrence-Cebu that ran aground at Looc near the municipal port in this town. It was not immediately known how he died. The four missing persons are identified as Oscar Biasa, 59; Roque Sandoval, 62; Adrian Sagrado of Ubay town; and Robinson Ceballos, married and resident of barangay Bunga Mar in this town.
MPDC bared that based on initial report it received yesterday, some 36 houses were totally destroyed and 281 partially in 14 barangays here, including those in the mountain areas. MPDO said that this town was declared under the state of calamity based on the Resolution passed by the Sangguniang Bayan here chaired by Vice-Mayor Bonifacio Virtudes, Jr.
In Tagbilaran City, total blackout ensued when Queenie struck the capital Tagbilaran City at past 1 AM yesterday. The power was reinstalled in the morning. But some areas, like Mansasa district and Poblacion I, were still in the dark until the next evening (Nov. 27) due to some powerlines that have not been immediately restored due to some clearings of toppled trees and infrastructures.
An international Indian cargo ship that docked at private wharf of Philippine Mining Service Corporation in neighboring town of Garcia-Hernandez ran aground due to big waves. It is about to load limestone minerals from this town when it was struck by the storm, company security guard said in interview.
Two other cargo vessels were washed ashore along the shoreline of barangay Looc of this town due to the big waves when it was high tide when the storm struck here.