Big storm may hit Mindanao next week–NDRRMC



MANILA, Philippines–The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council is monitoring a tropical storm with the international name “Bopha” as it could bring more rains than last year’s “Sendong,” which left a trail of destruction in Mindanao–especially in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities–and the Visayas.

Undersecretary Benito Ramos, NDRRMC executive director, told reporters Thursday that Bopha has hit Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia and was headed to the island country of Palau in the western Pacific Ocean.

The storm is still 1,600 kilometers away east of Mindanao but its size—400 to 500 km in diameter—is what worries Ramos.

“A picture tells a thousand words,” Ramos told reporters as he showed them the satellite imagery of Bopha, which would be known as “Pablo” once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility.

“It is possible that the storm could [intensify] and bring more rains than Sendong did,” Ramos said.

Sendong triggered killer floods that left nearly a thousand people dead and several villages destroyed when it slammed into eastern Mindanao, just a week before Christmas last year, with Cagayan de Oro and Iligan as the hardest hit areas.

Ramos said the two cities would again be in the path of the expected storm. Also likely to be hit is Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.

“As early as now, we are alerting the areas that could be affected by the storm. This is for the awareness of our countrymen. Let it not be said that the government or the media did not warn you,” Ramos said.

The new storm would be the 16th weather disturbance to hit the country this year. The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical storms per year.

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  • Crysis_III

    Hopefully it will change its course…. 

  • andresa igbac

    LORD spare the Philippines and other countries from this storm!

    • Buknoy Bisaya


  • uugodugod

    naway  ikigtas ang pinas sa kapahamakan

  • nathanielfin

    Lord, be with us. I pray no more tragedy this Christmas.

    • Buknoy Bisaya


  • Rey Nathaniel

    Lord , I hope that you’ll be hearing our PRAYER, LORD spare the Philippines and other countries from this storm! stay w/ us Lord 

    • Buknoy Bisaya


  • wawa2172

      Ive witness the devastation of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro City brought by typhoon Sendong. It was as if both cities were hit by backward tsunami with floods coming from the mountains instead of from sea. Or a bigger picture of it, both cities were like hit by an atomic bomb especially Iligan where thousand died and the city is devastated. The city and its people is able to recover fast, thank GOD. The news of another typhoon to hit Mindanao again this week is totally scary and we pray that it will spare the the cities again and Mindanao in general. The politicians are busy preparing for the next year elections so the people of the possible places that will be hot by the typhoon better prepare in ahead for possible threat in life and properties that will be brought by it. I pray to my LORD na sana di mahagupit ang Mindanao, the suffering will be too much for the people especially of Iligan and CDO.

  • $14523613

    To all Gods of all religion, please protect us from any calamity.

  • gielo

    LORD please, we here in CDO want to have a merriful christmas!!! protect us and spare us oh lord!

  • Joanna Lynn Cando-Galura

    The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.  PSALMS 27:1-3

  • Joanna Lynn Cando-Galura

    As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. Psalm 18:30

  • Joanna Lynn Cando-Galura

    You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

  • Joanna Lynn Cando-Galura

    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.Psalm 57:1

  • Joanna Lynn Cando-Galura

    The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.Proverbs 18:10

  • Lundan Martinez Morgan

    I hope na malusaw ang bagyo……mawala….kc ang hirap ng dinanas natin sa bagyong sendong………..LORD…….PLS HELP…US..

  • joboni96

    here goes gen. problem of disaster again

    una palpak sa korean rockets

    ngayon gustong agawin naman
    ang trabaho ng pagasa

    para takutin ang mga tao

    dapat kasuhan ito ng rumor mongering
    complexed with collaborating

  • Lolieben B. Yamba

    our agencies should take more than just scare people around…what practical actions should be done to avoid that possible disaster, packing up stuff and leave? easy to say for those who have other places to go and enough resources to sustain their evacuation…what can the government do? “Let it not be said that the government or the media did not warn you,” I don’t think this is an appropriate statement to make…

  • Klepto

    Oooh  Yeaaaahh. Bring it on!!!
    I hope this storm will make the whole country like mango in a smoothie machine.

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