Typhoon Basyang destroys Yolanda survivors’ fishing boats

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A woman surveys what was left of their small fishing boat after it was hit by typhoon Basyang, Feb. 1.

ESCALANTE City, Negros Occidental, Feb. 2, 2014—Still reeling from the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda, residents from the coastal village of Old Escalante in Negros Occidental again lost the source of their livelihood when typhoon Basyang (Kajiki) struck the area, February 1. 

Several fishing boats of fisherfolks in Old Poblacion, Escalante City, Negros Occidental were destroyed when Tropical Storm Kajiki (Basyang) hit the Visayas area from 10 pm of January 31 until 2am of February 1. 

Fr. Gilbert Billena, O’Carm, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) National Vice-Coordinator, expressed sadness that another disastrous typhoon would visit the survivors of typhoon Yolanda so soon. 

“We are not yet finished rehabilitating the totally damaged houses caused by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. But yesterday, another disaster happened when tropical storm Basyang damaged the source of livelihood of several small fishermen here in Old Escalante,” Billena said in a post on his Facebook page. 

The priest said several pump boats of the small fishermen—the means of their livelihood—were severely damaged. 

Based on the survey of the Disaster Quick Response Team of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Escalante City, the typhoon left 18 totally damaged fishing boats, 23 partially damaged and 1 missing motorized banca. 

The residents, however, were grateful no one died or got injured. (CBCPNews) 

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