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Super typhoon Usagi paralyzed fishermen in Philippines
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
On the other hand, at least 18 flights between the Philippines and Hong Kong, China and Macau were canceled due to bad weather from Typhoon Usagi (Odette), the Department of Transportation and Communications said Sunday morning.
In posts on its Twitter account, the DOTC said the affected flights were those of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Cathay Pacific.
Of the 18 affected flights, 14 were between Manila and Hong Kong.
If these are the big waves with strong winds that will meet you half-way on the seas, probably there’s no fisherman who would take the risk to look for a catch.
Rogue waves can still be felt in the coastal areas of Philippines while Typhoon Odette (Usagi) continued moving away from the Philippines.
Of all the people most affected are the fishermen who rely on the seas for living.
Mario Ubas, 61 years old, of Baclayon town, Bohol in Philippines, comes to the shore to check the weather condition. He wants to find out when he can return to the sea.
It is already one week that he just stayed at home due to severe weather which the country has experiencing due to southwest monsoon triggered by Typhoon Odette (Usagi).
For the meantime, he keeps the fishing nets safe while checking his boat daily for storm tides.
Unlike Boy Dija of Tagbilaran City, Bohol in Philippines, who went to the sea to have a catch, it was considered a suicide on his part because of storm tides. Not all men have mastered the skills on how to deal with waves especially that the weather nowadays is unpredictable.
Other fishermen like Mario who just relied for food on the seas, having a disturbing weather means hungry stomachs for the family.
Also affected are the consumers who buy fish in the market at high prices.
Mario has three children. His eldest is a teacher who provides the needs for the family while he can’t go the sea. Mario said he will not retire from fishing because he is still capable to work. Fishing is the only work he knows since he was a teenager.
When Mario and the other fishermen can come back to the sea, it is not yet known.