Bantayan Island is one of the worst-hit islands in the Philippines caused by the devastation by Super Typhoon Yolanda which landed in the northern part of Cebu at around 10:30 AM on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2013. The strongest typhoon to hit the county “cut-off” all power and communication lines in the three-municipalities comprising Bantayan Island.
The damage from the powerful typhoon is not yet unknown because of the island’s isolation, but based upon the preliminary reports from various local media, about 30 percent of the island’s resident lost their homes.
According to the Mayor of the Municipality of Bantayan, Mayor Chris Escario who managed to sneak in a call from Sta. Fe wharf, Bantayan looks like a war zone, he said. 90% of the houses that are still standing have no more roof. The island is currently in need of water to drink and generator sets to get their pumps running.
Twitter Photo by Ines Escario
Facebook user Richard Go Batiguin, who is currently in the island of Bantayan, said via Facebook that Bantayan and Sta. Fe town “are badly hit and destroyed by Yolanda’s gruesome force.” he said. Batiguin added further that “Santa Fe is unrecognizable after the damage.” he posted on Facebook.
Gov. Hilario “Jun” Davide is planning to visit the island today to assess damage.
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