Cari amici, due giorni fa, un tifone violentissimo con raffiche di vento a 240km/h ha colpito la provincia di Bohol, a me tanto cara perchè sull’isola c’è la casa dei miei nonni materni e dove io ho trascorso la mia infanzia. L’alluvione ha causato la morte di tante persone e oltre 480.000 sono gli sfollati. Il vento ha strappato tetto e rovesciato i pali della luce in cemento. Anche la casa della mia famiglia ha subito forti danni. Odette è un ciclone fuori stagione perchè la maggior parte dei cicloni tropicali nell’Oceano Pacifico si formano tra luglio e ottobre. La colpa del fenomeno, secondo gli scienziati, è il riscaldamento globale causato dall’uomo.
Typhoon Rai – known locally as Odette, the 15th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and one of the islands that hit by the said typhoon is my province in Bohol. The province was placed under signal number 4 when the typhoon struck last Dec. 16.
As Rai traveled west, it ripped down homes, trees and power cables in its path, bringing with it heavy rain, widespread flooding and landslides. Communities were destroyed and hundreds of thousands left homeless by the storm.
At least 96 persons were killed in Bohol province due to the said typhoon. The number of fatalities was based on the data that was released by the provincial government on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
Scenes of the destruction were reminiscent of Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, which hit the Philippines in November 2013. That was one of the strongest storms to batter the nation, killing more than 6,000 people. Its powerful winds and enormous storm surge smashed buildings, destroyed roads and caused widespread power and water outages.
The human-induced climate crisis is making typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones more intense and destructive, and the Philippines is one of the world’s most climate-vulnerable nations.