Devastation — Roxas City and Capiz

After assessing the damage to our home and our relatives’ homes in Baybay, Roxas City, we turned our attention to the homes of our loved ones in the surrounding towns and barangays.

In the town of Ivisan, 15 kilometers away from Roxas City, there were reports that only 20 – 30% of the homes were left unscathed. Roofs were blown off and homes were damaged as evidenced by the photos taken of homes of my aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The roads to Iloilo and Aklan were impassable – either flooded or blocked by debris.

Baybay, Roxas City — Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath

After Typhoon Yolanda hit Roxas City on November 8, 2013, all communication was down.  Electricity was down, telephone service was down — both land line and cellular, Internet consequently was unavailable.  Our first thoughts, in Manila and even in the United States, were — was everyone OK? how much damage was done? Because of the blackout of information, no one knew the extend of the damage in our homes.  We were starting to hear about Tacloban — the devastation and the agonizing wait for aid and relief because of the utter enormity of the damage wrought by the super typhoon.

Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) — Roxas City — Nov 8, 2013

Super typhoon Yolanda hit the Province of Capiz and Roxas City in the afternoon of November 8, 2013, after earlier hitting land in Tacloban City and cutting a swath of destruction in that city.

Here is a map of the path of the super typhoon):

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If you look closely at the map, Super typhoon Yolanda made its way through Panay (particularly by Cuartero, Capiz) and left a trail of destruction in Capiz.

Here is the best real-time (as it happened) description of the path of the super typhoon that I found in the Internet:

http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/11/08/as-it-happened-typhoon-haiyan-makes-landfall/

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