Bicol braces for ‘Pablo’

Disaster measures readied vs super typhoon



Source: Pagasa website

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Disaster authorities in Bicol are on heightened alert and getting ready with their disaster contingency plan as Typhoon Bopha is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) either Sunday evening or early morning Monday.

Typhoon Bopha (international name) will be named “Pablo,” the 16th weather event to enter the country this year, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa).

Landrico Dalida, Pagasa regional director for Southern Luzon, told members of the Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) and Albay PDRRMC in a joint emergency meeting on Saturday that Typhoon “Pablo” will have an intensity of a super typhoon similar to typhoons “Reming” that hit Bicol in 2006; “Sendong,” which hit Mindanao last year; and “Ondoy,” which inundated most of Metro Manila in 2009.

Dalida said Typhoon “Pablo” is expected to gain strength as it moves towards west of Mindanao and southern Visayas, affecting areas that include the Bicol region.

In a worst case scenario, Typhoon “Pablo” 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.

Dalida said Typhoon “Pablo” developed its intensity in an unusual and unique manner called “corioles effect” as it developed five degrees north-south of the equator. “Corioles effect – meaning the weather event had developed in an area where it should not have evolved.”

Dalida said Typhoon “Pablo” is expected to hovers over Bicol on Wednesday affecting the provinces of Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. Strong winds and heavy rains will prevail in these areas and storm surge as high as 6 meters would occur in coastal areas in the eastern seaboard of the region, he said.

Disaster authorities in these provinces would then have to watch out for flooding, landslides and storm surges, prompting the RDRRMC to place on red alert status the whole of Bicol region effective Saturday.

Bernardo Alejandro, director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and RDRRMC, said their operation center is now open round-the-clock until the typhoon passes, with the Departments of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and of Health (DOH) likewise readying relief and medical supplies and the military and police preparing trucks and personnel for immediate dispatch in case of evacuations.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda activated on Saturday all disaster councils across the 15 towns and three cities of the province and reminded them of Capitol’s “zero casualty” goal during periods of disaster.

He said activities for the “Karangahan Green Christmas,” a November 25 to December 25 program that discourages use of firecrackers and plastic Christmas decorations, have been put on hold until further notice.

Salceda said they would implement on Tuesday the preventive evacuation of some 350,000 people living in flood, landslide and storm surge prone areas.

At least P54 million calamity fund, he said, is available for this emergency.

At 4:00 p.m. Sunday, the eye of Typhoon Pablo was located based on satellite and surface data at 970 km Southeast of Hinatuan City (06.4 °N, 135.6 °E) with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph and gustiness of up to 220 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 22 kph.

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  • dodong1

    let’s hope all these areas affected are prepared and these people heed the warnings and evacuate as soon as possible in order to minimize or avoid any deaths…

  • Fulpol

    zero casualty goal… i like that.

  • Fulpol

    this is like a cat chasing a mouse..

    the cat is the typhoon.. the mouse is the people evacuating.. while the cheese is the gov’t relief goods in evacuation centers..

    but some mice were complaining: “who moved my cheese”?.. so they go out and search their cheese while the cat is still out there ravaging their comfort zones..

    Salceda should write a fabled book out from typhoon and evacuating people: the cat, the mouse and the cheese

    a comic illustration… the goal is zero casualty.

  • desperb

    The figures from the news:
    1. Pablo will be 60 km north of Dumaguete on Wednesday
    2. Pablo will affect Bicol region on Wednesday
    2. Diameter of Pablo will be 700 km

    1. Will the 350 km radius starting from Dumaguete reach Albay province?

    Definitely, Salceda will achieve “zero casualty” for a non-existent calamity.

  • padrefaura

    overreacted doomsday scenario for salceda. 
    unless it dramatically shifts its path, the most albay can get is rain from Pablo. 

  • Garo Ungaro

    its better to prepared…than being to blame again by doing nothing…its high time this kind of natural disaster preparations be mandatory…just wait…then will blame the government again…

  • wawa2172

    I guess the warning must be taken seriously. What happened to Iligan and CDO is yet forgotten so dapat mag handa ang lahat. We hope that the typhoon will not really be as strong as expected else the tragedy in Iligan and CDO could happen again. 

  • virgoyap

    I’m just waiting and expecting it with fear and apprehension in my heart. Lord, we cannot stop this super wind but help us please to have the courage to face it peacefully.

  • MayOn2012

    And therefore shall we call Pablo XVI “the warning”.?#$!?


    Mabuhay Albay Mabuhay ang zero casualty in governor Salceda … Indi yan overreaction…prevention is still the best than cure…ika nga..Buti p gobernador namin may aksyon Indi pyro ambisyon

  • disqusted0fu

    i wonder if Aquino will be hiding within the comforts of the palace again for this one. then come out after as if he and his kkk are the aftermath of the typhoon by seemingly campaigning more than anything.

  • m1600


    • Juan_Sipag08

      Tnx m1600 for info

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