Typhoon blows near Philippines, evacuations urged

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Source: Project Noah | 10:57 am, Dec. 3, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A strong typhoon was heading toward the southern Philippines on Monday, and hundreds of people were evacuating coastal areas in the storm’s path.

Fishermen and ships were warned not to venture out to sea.

Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha)  is expected to hit land Tuesday morning but would not directly hit Manila if it stays on its current path, government weather forecaster Jori Loiz said.

The storm has sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (109 miles per hour) and gusts of up to 210 kph (130 mph). Its center was 550 kilometers (342 miles) southeast of Surigao del Sur province’s Hinatuan township Monday morning. It is moving at 24 kph (15 mph).

Hundreds of residents of islands and other high-risk areas in Surigao del Sur have been asked to go to evacuation centers to avert casualties, Office of Civil Defense regional official Amado Posas said. Classes have been suspended, dump trucks have been readied to ferry more residents when needed, he added.

Posas said some residents have been reluctant to leave their homes because the province was sunny Monday morning. It was not yet clear how many have already evacuated, but he said an estimated 600 to 800 people were ordered to evacuate from islands in the archipelago nation.

Benito Ramos, who heads the government’s disaster response agency, said provincial officials have placed food packs and other emergency equipment in areas where the typhoon may pass.

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  • amelius23

    We laud the high status of preparedness being undertaken by different nationsl govt. inter agencies, i.e. PAGASA, NDRRMC, PNRC and local LGU’S. This time, our disaster response teams are properly deployed and residents of intended affected areas where the typhoon will directly hit  are properly warned in advance. We enjoin our countrymen to again implore the help of our God the Almighty to again spare  our country from the disastrous effect that the super typhoon can cause. Naniniwala po kami Poon Ama na kung kami pong lahat  ay magdadasal uli sa ikaliligtas ng aming mga kababayan na posibleng masalanta kasama  ang kanilang mga  ari arihan, sana po ay magawa nyo po ng paraan na kung maari po ay hindi masyadong maapektuhan ang nakakarami na umaasang sa inyong  pagmamahal sa aming bayang Pilipinas ay nailigtas nyo na po ng ilang ulit sa mga nakaraang bagyo nitong taong ito at hindi hinayaang ma direct hit ang mga lupa kung hindi ay nilihis nyo lahat ang mga bangis na lakas ng bagyong nagdaan. Muli namin pong sinasamo ang inyong tulong Poon Ama na huwag po sana kaming masalanta lalo na po yong aming mga kabababyan sa Visayas at Mindanao na direktang tatahaking ng bangis ng bagyo. Kaawan nyo po kami, Poon Ama.. 

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