THE FURY OF TYPHOON MILENYO December 19, 2006Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Regency.
Tags: Fr. Chris Cordero SVD, Manila
A strong typhoon hit Metro Manila last September 28, 2006. Typhoon Xangsane (international designation: 0615, JTWC designation: 18W, PAGASA name Typhoon Milenyo) was a deadly typhoon that battered the northern islands with torrential rains and strong winds, and causing widespread flooding and landslides.
According to wikipedia, the storm was responsible for at least 279 deaths, mostly in the Philippines and Vietnam, and at least $747 million (2006 USD) in damage.
It was the strongest typhoon I ever experienced in my stay here in Manila. I heard the strong winds that uprooted the mango tree at our old folks’ home. I was having lunch with my confreres when we suddenly heard a loud thud! Oh my God, the majestic mango tree was no match to the whistling wind!
Our chapel was also flooded. I stayed with some seminarians at the chapel and it was like a waterfall gushing forth from the ceiling. Billboards were falling. When I checked on our seminarians at the third floor of the Buttenbruch Building, they were very busy putting barriers on the windows to prevent the strong winds from breaking into their dormitory.
Several window glasses were broken. Even my room was not spared!