- Posted December 3, 2012 by
Communications, power down in Davao Oriental
By Ben O. Tesiorna
Telecommunications and power lines are down in many areas of Davao Oriental Tuesday as Typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) made a landfall in Baganga town in the said province around four in the morning.
Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon said they are having a hard time establishing communication with several coastal towns in her province Tuesday morning.
She said though that they were able to evacuate to safer grounds residents in low-lying areas and those near the coast even before Bopha made a landfall.
Malanyaon identified the areas that are cut-off from direct communications as of 2 a.m. Tuesday as Boston, Cateel, Baganga, Caraga, Manay and Tarragona. The same areas are without power as of this writing.
"But these areas are all reachable except that there's quite a considerable distance from the city proper. But all our disaster teams are now moving towards that area," Malanyaon said.
All other towns in Davao Oriental are also suffering from a total blackout Tuesday morning. These are the City of Mati, San Isidro, Governor Generoso, Lupon, and Banaybanay.
Reports from the Mindacomnet, a group of government public information officers, stated that seawater have reached the poblacion areas of Cateel, Caraga, Baganga and Manay in Davao Oriental.
The typhoon is packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.
Signal #3 is up in areas of Surigao del Norte including Siargao, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, North Cotabato, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Davao del Norte including Samal Island in Mindanao.
Southern Leyte, Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Southern Cebu in Visayas are also placed under Signal #3.
Signal #2 is up in Davao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga Sibugay and Maguindanao in Mindanao; and the rest of Cebu including Camotes Is, Iloilo, Guimaras, Capiz, Leyte including Biliran and Negros Occidental in the Visayas.
Basilan, Sarangani and South Cotabato in Mindanao; and Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Aklan and Antique in the Visayas; and Palawan including Calamian Group Of Islands, Ticao Island and Masbate in Luzon are all under Signal #1.