‘Ruby’ ruins bunkhouses in areas hit by ‘Yolanda’

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Strong winds generated by Typhoon Ruby damaged bunkhouses constructed in Eastern Visayas during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

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DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo on Monday said they are conducting an inventory to establish the number of the damaged bunkhouses, whose roofs were sent flying by the typhoon’s winds.

On Saturday evening, Ruby, with winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 220 kph, made a landfall in Dolores, Eastern Samar.

It damaged most of people’s houses and most of government infrastructure there.

Momo said the bunkhouses constructed in Eastern Visayas were not designed to withstand strong winds as they were built as “temporarily shelters” only using “coconut lumber.”

In 2013, the DPWH built hundreds of bunkhouses to shelter thousands of residents in Tacloban City and some areas in nearby Samar province after they were left homeless by Typhoon Yolanda.

Momo said they are helping the local government in Tacloban clear and repair the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport.

He added that there were no major damages left by Ruby despite its strength as compared to those brought about by Yolanda.

Momo said no bridge has been reported to have been damaged and no road has been reported to have been impassable.

Fallen trees have been removed, he added.

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