Wrath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): Tale of a Survivor
Super Typhoon Haiyan Ripped Off Our Roof

Wrath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): Tale of a Survivor

The Wrath We Couldn’t Imagine

I’m not new to experiencing typhoons, but Haiyan was the most devastating, as if it’s already the end of the world. Wind was bashing our apartment just everywhere, the part which it easily ripped off was the roof.

Super Typhoon Haiyan Ripped Off Our Roof
Super Typhoon Haiyan Ripped Off Our Roof

Rain waters got inside the house, fortunately though, my wife, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law helped together so they could lessen and flush out waters in the CR. My father-in-law made sure the main door won’t be ripped off, while I took care of the other door in the kitchen area. The wind gust was really so fierce that we need to keep the doors and windows in place, at least on the first floor where we were all hiding. At some points, the wind shook the apartment and you could feel as if you’re in a pressurized cabin, with the wind trying to blow you away in any direction. It was so scary.

The Aftermath

Almost everything was lost inside the apartment we stayed in.

The devastation was even worst outside the house.

Because we couldn’t stay in the apartment anymore, I need to find a shelter for my family. Around 3PM, I headed to downtown Tacloban and started searching for a hotel that can still accommodate us. Unfortunately, almost all were ruined as well if not all fully-booked. Flood waters were still high in some parts of Tacloban and only few were passable. Roads Not Passable in Tacloban City I tried going to GoHotels just beside the Robinsons mall, around 3.5km from our apartment.

Walked 3.5km to GoHotels, Robinsons Mall
Walked 3.5km to GoHotels, Robinsons Mall
Walking Through Picas-San Jose DZR Airport Road
Walking Through Picas-San Jose DZR Airport Road

Heading toward the rotunda, in front of the Coca-Cola plant, I passed through this dead woman.

Dead Woman Spotted Near Church of Latter Day Saints
Dead Woman Spotted Near Church of Latter Day Saints

Approaching the rotunda were severe flood waters. I didn’t have a choice, but to cross it, heading towards Robinsons area.

Around 4:30PM, I arrived at the GoHotels and the Robinsons which was ruined, only to find out it’s already fully-booked as well! I had to go back to the apartment, walked another 3km, this time via the heavily-flooded Calanipawan road.

From Tacloban to Apartment
From Tacloban to Apartment

I arrived at the apartment around 5:30 PM and we had to spend in the van the first night after Haiyan’s chaos.

Click Next Below to Read: The Survival and Getting Out of Tacloban City

Bert Padilla

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Very sad so many have perished, real people with families. Glad to hear you and your family are doing well. Now I hope the lady at my office didn’t lose any family either.

    There is a HUGE load of supplies coming your way, just takes a little bit of time to get everything ramped.

    Please keep updating, I’ll check back soon.

  2. Glad you guys made it out safe we still have friends in the area unaccounted for.

  3. Thanks Pastor Choy! We really had to go out from there. My father-in-law had to argue with me because we still have stuffs we couldn’t leave there (e.g. Van). He suggested to find foods that would last for days instead. But when we roamed around that same day after the super typhoon smashed the city, I stood firm we really had to get out from there!

    1. This was one of the greatest decisions you made, bert.

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