Typhoon Santi: Fast And Furious
Fast and furious.
This was how typhoon Santi crossed Metro Manila and the southern section of Luzon Saturday, allowing most of us to quietly commune with our departed relatives, with considerably lesser damage to life and property than storms Ondoy and Pepeng.
As disaster response officials put the initial death toll at 14 dead and four missing (plus 116,00 forced to flee their homes in Quezon, Laguna, Cavite and Batangas) we can surely thank God for tempering’s Santi’s rage.
Here’s a montage of stills from by CNN video showing how furious Santi’s winds were:
The images indeed tell the story of how Santi carried out a quick and dirty visit… toppling power poles like match sticks and blowing down homes made of light material.
About 1.6 million or 35 percent of the 4.6 million registered customers of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) remained without power as of 10 a.m. Saturday.
The tenet “better safe than sorry” surely ruled in Metro Manila as authorities suspended the operations of the mass tgransit for several hours and giant tarpaulin billboards were rolled down rather than risk being torn down by the winds of Santi.
Have we learned the lessons from Ondoy and Pepeng?
But we shouldn’t go back to our uncaring ways just yet.
Lot more homework we need to catch up on.
Thank you. Lord.