By Rey Anthony Chiu | 08:39 PM December 23, 2021
Typhoon Odette which lashed Bohol towns to smithereens in the evening of December 16, did not spare marine vessels which sought safe shelter in the waters of Bohol.
While causing massive devastation in the towns of Ubay, President Carlos P. Garcia, Bien Unido, Trinidad, Talibon, Getafe, Inabanga, Clarin, Tubigon, Sagbayan, Danao, Dagohoy, Pilar, Alicia and Sierra Bullones, waves sparned by the 280 kilometer winds brought by the storm dislodged ships anchers, lifted the heavy vessels and deposited them sitting in the shallows.
The storm’s 480 kilometer radius also wreaked havoc in the remaining towns of Bohol, especially in flood prone towns of Loboc and Inabanga.
Among these boats is the ferry that serves the Argao Cebu Catagbacan Loon regular route.
This is according to Loon Municipal Information Officer Adam Saligumba recently.
This as trips to Bohol are still few and people are already massed up in ports awaiting for trips to and from Bohol.
Now, for the new Loon port set for international cruises, the cargo ships do not come from Argao but from Ouano port in Mandaue City, Saligumba said.
Marine vessels cruising the Lindogon Port of Argao Cebu and Catagbacan in Bohol used to serve passengers and cargo but this has stopped when the regular ferry serving the route was pushed to the shallows and ran aground while seeking shelter from the storm. .
The grounded Lite Ferry is among the more than 10 marine vessels which tried to seek shelter from the wrath of typhoon Odette.
Lite ferry serving Catagbacan also ran aground in the shallows of the shores of Calape town, fronting Panggangan Island.
In Getafe town, the same scenario can be seen, a barge in fact is now currently sitting in the midst of mangroves, huge waves spawned by Tropical Storm Odette deposited the vessel a few hundred meters from navigable waters.
At this, the Philippine Coast Guard has been coordinating with vessel owners on their extraction plans to make sure it contains provisions for oil spill mitigations.
Damage assesment has been going on, but damage on marine reefs remain to be sidelined for other pressing priorities.
Town disaster authorities estimate damage to property due to TS Odette at 85 to 95%.(rahc/PIA7/Bohol with mpio Adam Saligumba)