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    Posted December 2, 2012 by
    Davao City, Philippines
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    Philippines braces for Typhoon Bopha


    By Ben O. Tesiorna


    The Philippines, especially the islands of Mindanao and the Visayas, is bracing for the coming of super typhoon Bopha who is set to enter the Philippine area of responsibility Sunday evening (Philippine time).


    Locally named “Pablo”, the typhoon is estimated to bring rainfall of 20-30mm per hour within its 700 kilometer diameter.


    The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) is already on the red alert status as they advised all areas that will be on Typhoon Bopha’s path to undertake precautionary measures in their areas of responsibility.


    The NDRRMC also advised local DRRMC’s to initiate pre-emptive evacuation of families in low-lying and mountainous areas if situation warrants.
    According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa), Bopha is the 16th weather event to enter the Philippines this year.


    In a worst case scenario, Typhoon Bopha by Monday is expected to bring a maximum sustained winds and gustiness of 238 kilometers per hour (kph) with an estimated diameter of 700 kilometers, intense rainfall of 300 to 400 mm, and a speed of 22 kph.


    It is expected to be at 660 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by Monday morning. By Tuesday morning, it will be at 140 km East Northeast of Hinatuan or 230 km East Southeast of Surigao City and at 60 km North of Dumaguete City by Wednesday morning.


    In a press conference Sunday morning, Usec. Benito Ramos of the NDRRMC said that the path of the typhoon is still not certain adding that there is a possibility that the typhoon will change course.


    He however said that people should not be complacent and pray that this will not be a repeat of Typhoon Sendong that devastated parts of Mindanao last year where more than a thousand died with some never seen again.


    In Mati City, Mayor Michelle Nakpil-Rabat had already advised all barangays officials to be prepared for any eventuality.


    “Fortunately, Mati is not in the direct path of the typhoon. However, we expect heavy rains so we are anticipating swollen rivers and landslides. Residents along the rivers will be given advanced warning. Advisory will be forwarded to all barangay captains. Our CDRRMC will go on radio on Monday to warn the public, then we wait,” Rabat said.


    In Davao City, the CDRRMC hoisted the blue alert status wherein authorities are in monitoring and preparedness mode.


    Emmanuel Jaldon of CDRRMC and Central 911 said they have already informed all barangays to monitor the development of the typhoon especially those identified to be “highly vulnerable to landslide and flashflood”.


    “These are the communities living within the 54 major rivers in the city and those in the mountains,” Jaldon said. BOT

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