Around 1am, early morning of November 9, the river water rose by around three metres – a combination of the new moon high tide, intense rains and a storm surge caused by super typhoon Haiyan, a couple of hundred kilometres to the north.
The carpenters abandoned their riverside camp, which was soon underwater, and stayed on the boat secured to nearby trees. Nobody slept. The wind blew and the rain poured well into the day time.
Thankfully, we were not in the direct path of the typhoon or it would have been much more dangerous.
We are so thankful to have such a knowledgeable and experienced team of boat-builders. They knew exactly what to do to keep themselves safe and prevent the paraw from getting damaged. Well done guys!