LOON, Bohol – Survivors of tropical storm “Seniang” spent their new year at Basak Elementary school converted into evacuation center again and the third evacuation they ever endured in their entire lives. The third one is when they took shelter at elementary school classrooms to spend the new year at the height of “Seniang.” The other evacuations took place when typhoon “Ruby” and the Oct. 15, 2013 earthquake that shook their place. Some 50 families, who are mostly fisherfolk, are severely affected by “Seniang,” according to one resident.
Natividad Sebero, 75, a widow, said in exclusive interview that quake-victims including her family, whose houses are situated at the mouth of historical Moalong river of barangay Basak of this town have experienced three evacuations already in a span of one year. Sebero’s new bamboo house donated after the tremor by a foreigner was flushed out and nowhere to be found a day after the typhoon. They had nothing, including clothing, to bring when they fled. “Tapot lawas ra,” with four other family members is what they brought with them.
Sebero beamed with a smile when interviewed, saying that she’s grateful that no one in her family was hurt and still expressed hopes for a better days to come.
Like the Sebero family, Samuel dela Serna, 30, who’s residing here since birth, said that his house is totally damaged. His house just below the temporary steel Moalong bridge was struck by his brother’s house nearby.
He said despite he’s broke he’s still thankful his family — Myrlene, 34 and children, Petmyza, 8; Samuel Jr., 7 and Edisame, 5 — is safe and well. They’re one of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) being evacuated to Basak Elementary School.
Roberto Sausa, 55, who was born here, said that it was the first time he saw sort of flash floods coming rushing from across the national highway and destroyed their houses.
Remarlito Labastida, 42, who also grew up here as fisherman, said that as if the water was furious that it did not only washed out houses but also created extraction-like little crater everywhere here that even basketball court was dug up.
He said he’s thankful his family, Irene, 37 and children — Gerille, 7 and Jorel, two-month old, is safe following the pre-emptive evacuation since they learned to be prepared.
They said that they have received from the town’s relief goods with only two kilos of rice and canned goods. Severo said they need more food for coming days in while they’re still at the evacuation site.