The darkness after ‘Pablo’

Karlos Manlupig
A power outage in Davao Oriental is affecting other areas in the province after typhoon 'Pablo'

PRAYING FOR HELP. The villagers prayed to Sto Niño for the storm to pass and spare them. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

COMPOSTELA, Philippines – Several cities and municipalities in eastern Mindanao are in total darkness hours after typhoon “Pablo” made landfall on Tuesday, December 4.

Fallen trees and electric posts have severely damaged the transmission and distribution of electricity in the area, already prone to power failures even in good weather.

The power outage in Davao del Norte affected Tagum City, Nabunturan, Mawab, Montevista and Compostela.

CRAMPED. Dozens of homeless residents must make do in crowded schools and other buildings still standing. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Compostela was the scene of a tragedy when three people, among them a young mother and her baby, died when a landslide provoked by Pablo buried their house.

Using candles and kerosene lamps, affected families are presently trying to recover their remaining belongings and to rebuild their destroyed homes. 

Resumption of normal power services is still not certain as of posting time. –

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