Strong waves destroy hundreds of houses in Sulu

Posted at 01/14/14 3:33 PM

MANILA -- Strong waves destroyed houses in some parts of Jolo and Patikul in Sulu, as a low pressure area (LPA) continues to bring rains in parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

According to Edmundo Gardino, deputy director of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD)- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said they had to evacuate a 236 families, or 1,180 people after their houses were destroyed by crashing waves.

Seventy families were affected after a total of 54 houses were destroyed in the Chinese Pier in Jolo.

In Patikul, the waves destroyed fourteen houses in Brgy. Bus-bus, while one house was destroyed in Brgy. Takut-Takut.

One hundred and fifty families were affected in Brgy. Tulay after the waves destroyed 41 houses.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management spokesperson Rey Balido clarified that these strong waves in Sulu cannot be considered a storm surge, as opposed to what ws previously reported.

He added that it is not possible to experience a storm surge especially since there is no storm affecting the province.

He explained that big waves commonly affect parts of Jolo, causing families living near the sea to evacuate to higher places. They only return once the sea calms down.-- with a report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM