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Davao : Philippines | Dec 07, 2012 at 10:37 PM PST
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Weather Bulletin No. 19

Issued at 11:00 p.m., Friday, 07 December 2012

Typhoon "PABLO" has intensified as it moves north northeastward.

  • Location of Center: as of 10:00 p.m., 390 km West of Iba, Zambales
  • Coordinates: 15.7°N, 116.0°E
  • Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph
  • Movement: North Northeast 7 kph
  • Forecast Positions/Outlook: Saturday evening, 400 km West of Baguio City
  • Forecast Positions/Outlook: Sunday evening, 300 km West of Laoag City or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)
  • No Public Storm Warning Signals Raised
  • PAGASA Track as of 2 a.m., 08 December 2012 and Satellite Picture at 4:30 a.m., 08 December 2012 available here.

Warning for Shipping:

Fishing boats and other sea vessels are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon and the western seaboard of Southern Luzon.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Source: Typhoon “Pablo”

Highlights of Typhoon PABLO’s (Bopha) devastations:

  • About 200,000 people were rendered homeless (Manila Times.net);
  • 475 people confirmed dead from the East Coast of Mindanao, New Bataan, Monkayo, Central Visayan Islands;
  • Army is still searching for 377 missing people and seeking help for 179,000 others housed in gyms and schools ;
  • Head of Government Project to map out flood-prone areas Geologist Mahar Lagmay: Most people of the affected areas were aware of the danger but don’t know where to fled for safety;
  • Sec. Mar Roxas: Pres. Aquino has shipped food and other relief goods to 3 Mindanao east coast towns cut off by landslides and broken bridges;
  • Pres. Benigno Aquino III personally visited new Bataan town, Compostela Valley on Friday to hand over financial assistance of P10,000 each for the families of casualties;
  • NDRRMC chief Executive Director Benito Ramos said that Pablo affected 1,033,0364 families or 5,141, 356 persons in 1,862 barangays, 188 municipalities and 29 cities in 26 provinces, which also already exceeded Sendong’s record of 120,233 families or 1,141,252 persons in 815 villages, 57 towns and eight cities in 13 provinces;
  • USEC Ramos reported 26 municipalities and four provinces have already been placed under a state of calamity. They are the provinces of Siquijor, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur and the towns of Magsaysay, Araceli, Roxas, San Vicente, Taytay and El Nido Cagayancillo, all in Palawan; Balci, Kapatagan, Kauswagan, Linamon, Matungano, Pantar, Pantao-Ragat, Salvador, Lanao del Norte; Gilagum, Kinoguitan, Lagonglong, Laguindingan, Libertad, Opol, Talisayan, and the cities of Gingoog and Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental; Lopez Jaenan and Plaridel, Misamis Occidental; and Asuncion and San Isidro in Davao Del Norte;
  • Ramos said that seven bridges and 12 roads are still not passable, some parts of the provinces of Surigao del Sur, Lanao del Sur, Agusan del Sur and del Norte are still experiencing power outages and there is no supply of water in San Francisco and Poblacion Esperenza, Agusan del Sur.
  • Philippine banana industry suffers P8-B from Pablo. Agriculture Secretary Processo Alcala has ordered his staff to come up with possible “interventions” to help the farmers affected by “Pablo.”
  • Boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has pledged support for the victims of “Pablo” in his native Philippines that has left a quarter million homeless and killed over 470 people.
  • In a message to the head of the Philippine bishops’ conference, Archbishop Jose Palma, Pope Benedict XVI said he “was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the suffering” caused by the recent typhoon. The pontiff sent his “heartfelt condolences to the families of all who mourn, and he assures those in distress of his spiritual closeness and concern.”
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475 people were confirmed dead from the East Coast of Mindanao, New Bataan, Monkayo, Central Visayan Islands when Typhoon PABLO (Bopha) hit the Philippines on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
nicanorr is based in Catbalogan, Eastern Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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