Tidal wave destroys houses, damages boats in Occidental Mindoro town

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 09 2019 11:55 AM

A 5-meter high tidal wave hit coastal villages in the town of Paluan, destroying houses and damaging boats on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of Paluan Mayor Carl Pangilinan.

A 5-meter high tidal wave hit coastal villages in the town of Paluan, destroying houses and damaging boats on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of Paluan Mayor Carl Pangilinan.

A 5-meter high tidal wave hit coastal villages in the town of Paluan, destroying houses and damaging boats on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of Paluan Mayor Carl Pangilinan.


MANILA - Several houses were destroyed after a 5-meter high tidal wave supposedly caused by Typhoon Quiel hit coastal villages in a town in Occidental Mindoro on Friday.

Paluan town Mayor Carl Pangilinan said they were looking at the possibility of declaring a state of calamity on Monday after destruction and damage caused by the tidal wave.

Pangilinan said 26 houses were destroyed while 50 others were damaged. The houses are located in 10 affected coastal barangays.

More than 100 families or around 620 individuals were evacuated.

Pangilinan said 58 small boats were also damaged by big waves. 

Mario Mulingbayan, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Occidental Mindoro, said around the damaged boats were in the towns of Paluan, Mamburao, Sta. Cruz, Rizal and Sablayan.

Typhoon Quiel left the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday morning without making landfall. It is now headed towards Vietnam, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 150 kph.

- Report from Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News