Samar“Leo Dacaynos, a member of the Samar’s disaster management council, said on dzBB radio 300 people were confirmed killed in the municipality of Basey.

He said almost 2,000 other people were missing in Basey and other Samar towns.

This was the first confirmation of large-scale fatalities in the island of Samar after Yolanda made landfall on the island before dawn Friday, November 8.

However, vast areas of Samar, an island of over 733,000 people, still have not been contacted over two days after the typhoon struck.”

News: ‘300 dead, 2,000 missing in typhoon-hit Samar
10 November 2013


Basey basketball player Benjamin AmascualIn Samar province, the municipality of Basey – which faces Tacloban City – was among those badly hit town by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The local civic center is situated right beside the coast. As local resident and active basketball player Benjamin Amascual explains, the center “was totally destroyed. Really, it suffered so much damage,” he says.

RAY DILG funds were used to construct a new stage, provide new comfort and dressing rooms, and repair the damaged roof.

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Marabut Municipal Engineer Aladin C. AdvinculaAladin C. Advincula has served as a municipal engineer in the town of Marabut, Samar, for more than a decade. “Most of the houses and facilities in our municipality are situated near the sea,” he says. “As a result, typhoon Yolanda left huge destruction here.”

This included the old civic center, which suffered significant damage during Yolanda. Once situated on the coastline, it has been moved further inland. “We decided that it needed to be in a safer area,” Aladin says. “It is a very much safer facility, and one we can use as an evacuation center, even if there’s a tsunami,” he says.

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Santa Rita

Santa Rita local basketball player Brian LazareteThere are many surreal memories shared by survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda. For some in Santa Rita, Samar, the most unreal of these are of a coastline without water: when, on November 8, 2013, the sea seemed to have drained away.

“The accounts of the people here, especially from those who leaving in the coastal areas was that three to five kilometers from shore, there was no sea water,” remembers Siony Afable, a local DILG field officer.

The municipality of Santa Rita, Samar, is connected to Tacloban City in neighboring Leyte by the San Juanico bridge, the longest bridge in the Philippines.

“We could only assume that this was the seawater that washed out Tacloban City.”

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Talalora Mayor Leonilo T. Costelo in the newly-rehabilitated Talalora Civic CenterTalalora was among four towns in Samar hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda, with around P100 million worth of infrastructure damaged in the nearby towns of Basey, Sta. Rita and Marabut.

Among the damage, the first – and only – civic center in the poblacion  of Talalora. It serves as a primary venue for the town’s civic, sports, cultural and school-based activities, and provides a vital meeting place for enjoyment by all members of the community.

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