A Super Typhoon affectionately named “Megi” (meaning “catfish”) hit the northern Phillipines early Monday.
CBS News reports…
Megi packed sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts of 162 mph as it made landfall midday Monday at Palanan Bay in Isabela province, felling trees and utility poles and cutting off power, phone and Internet services. Its ferocious wind slightly weakened while crossing the mountains of the Philippines’ main northern island of Luzon.
But a hero has emerged. A small sponge factory in the middle of the country has stepped forward and prevented flood waters from going further south, saving countless lives and millions of dollars of property damage. Owner of the factory, Geraldo Aningalan, said that he was just doing what needed to be done to save his village. Mr. Aningalan will try to recover lost revenue by increasing productivity at his other facility, the Nike factory.