I’m writing this post a few minutes before Thursday, 24 hours after typhoon ‘Basyang’ or Conson ripped through Luzon hitting Metro Manila, Cavite and other neighboring provinces.
Once more, the typhoon knocked out power in Luzon for much the of 24 hours of Wednesday. We lost power here in Silang, Cavite at around Tuesday midnight. It was restored around 10pm Wednesday.
We knew that the power outage would last long, a whole day we reckoned. But to have more information, I spent the remaining charge of my laptop’s battery and my Globe Tattoo to read the news from Inquirer.net and updates from Meralco via their Tweeter feed.
I was shocked upon reading that power could take as long as 3 days to be restored because of the damage to power lines throughout Luzon! It was not something we prepared for. Our stock of water was almost out, the rechargeable lamps and our mobile phones were all but drained of their batteries, worse, the hot weather could quickly return once the typhoon has left the country which means trouble for my month-old daughter Julia.
On top of all these, I have online work and deadlines to beat. My initial plan then was to send my wife and daughter to my in-laws in case the power is restored in their place earlier than here at home. Then I’d be free to go to the mall and use it as an ‘office’ to get online and do some work.
It’s such a relief that power is now restored and I’m able to get things done again. But in the end this sticky situation made me realize that typhoons today mean not just strong winds and heavy rains, it also means days of no power, erratic communication services and water shortages.
Despite the technological advances we have today, we are still at the mercy of mother nature and her wrath is only getting stronger with each storm that comes.
So what do we do? Stock up on more water, food, batteries and dig in for the long haul each time a new typhoon is coming? Of course, but does it have to be like this each time?
20 people have been reported to have lost their lives because of Basyang. It’s sad and shocking but I think we’re getting quite used to it. The lessons learned from Ondoy (Ketsana) have yet to be fully applied. And it’s just the start of the wet season!