Typhoon ‘Pablo’ death toll rises to over 140



Residents try to cross the flooded Macanhan road in Barangay Carmen leading towards Barangay Balulang as flood waters caused by Typhoon “Pablo” blocked the main road as the Cagayan de Oro River overflowed on Tuesday afternoon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/BOBBY LAGSA

MANILA, Philippines—The death toll from the powerful Typhoon “Pablo” (international name Bopha) climbed to at least 140, as rescuers battled to reach areas cut off in flash floods and mudslides, officials said Wednesday.

The 16th storm to enter the Philippines this year has so far left 51 people killed in flash floods in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, with more villagers still missing after being swept away by strong currents, the military said.

Three of the 51 fatalities were soldiers.

In Davao Oriental, 81 deaths were reported.

The Provincial Disaster Response and Reduction Management Center in Davao Oriental said the municipality of Baganga, where Pablo made landfall, recorded the biggest number of deaths  so far, with 31, followed by the adjacent town of Cateel with 30.

The provincial disaster center report said 95 people were injured in Cateel while 51 were hurt in Baganga.

Caraga recorded six deaths from “Pablo”, while six more fatalities were listed in the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Occidental, Siquijor and Bukidnon.

A total of 21 persons were reported missing in the towns of Caraga, Baganga and Cateel, it added.

The storm caused 24,000 families or 120,000 persons in Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao region and Caraga to flee their homes. Most of the evacuees were from Surigao del Sur with over 50,000.

The towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston remained inaccessible by land because the Mandulog Bridge in Caraga collapsed at the height of the storm.

“There’s still no electricity there. The communication lines are still down,” said Col. Leopoldo Galon, chief of the civil relations group of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command.

Heavy to intense rains dumped by Pablo caused suspension of classes, power outages, and communication interruption in the areas of Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao region, Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Nearly 50 roundtrip domestic flights by Cebu Pacific Air and Zest Air were cancelled Wednesday.

As of latest, Pablo weakened further as it hovered over Northern Palawan. With a report from Nico Alconaba, Inquirer Mindanao

Originally posted at 10:27 am | Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LHTWUXKL5GQ66NGG73Z6EIMYZI june

    while watching the news program 24 oras last night, anchor mel chanco made a major blunder while interviewing the mayor of the municipality of  new bataan in compostela valley. During the height of the interview, the mayor made mention of the fatality from the landslides totalling about 35 deaths.  Instead of delving deeper and inquiring about the detalis of the incident, ms. mel chanco instead asked the following questions “how is the weather now?”, “are there enough supplies for the evacuees”, and the most surprising (read:embarassing) statement of ms. chanco directed to the mayor was “ok naman  pala kayo dyan” (or words to that effect).  perhaps realizing the booboos of ms chanco, the next segment saw mike enriquez asking their correspondent in the landslide area about the more thorough details of the tragedy. 

    • hkpnay

       i never liked mel chanco even before, wala siyang empathy at all, makapagsalita lang kahit ano lumabas sa bibig niya yun na yun

      • boypalaban

         wala talaga sa ayos yan…noon pa yan…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      Maka plug lang kasi ng programa nila na tulong, kailangan pa pamukha sa mga tao na kawawa sila … o well Mel Chanco is is just a classy version of Willy revillame kung ganoon…

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.suguitan Eric Suguitan

    Not “damages” but “damage”.

    Inquirer should really get better proofreaders and reporters.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.suguitan Eric Suguitan

      At least we know you read your reader’s comments.

  • $18209031

    Naka generator nga kami dito. Hindi naman gaano ka lakas, salamat kay santo Calungsod. 

  • http://twitter.com/arf2009 marison bayanay

    Calling the attention of the gov’t rescue groups on the plight of Cateel, Baganga and other municipalities in Davao Oriental.They said that these places are isolated as of now  because of broken bridges and the like..I believe that the gov’t has the capacity to reach them if they put priority to it via choppers, etc. Hoping that a rescue team will materialize there in Davao Oriental asap.

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      sadly malakas pa ang hangin for choppers..

  • TheGUM

    Deaths, injuries, property loss from extreme weather events are always hard to take and brings much sadness.  I feel badly especially for the people of Mindanao, where most of the fatalities come from.  In Mindanao, Pablo entered as Category 5 and exited as Category 2, so Mindanao really took the brunt of it.

    I checked the history of Pablo on Weather Undergound, and it seems  the path it took, still currently taking is the least damaging path.  For example, Cebu was spared the strongest winds, considering that it’s highly populated, we should count that as a blessing.   Perhaps, St. Pedro Calungsod may have aided us (I’m not much of a believer, but still, who knows?).

    I’m saying the above as I just received several texts from my wife, as the now Category 1 Pablo passes by, almost dead smack center in our town.  So far, it’s just rattling  the roofs, though it’s strong enough that some of it may be blown away.

    Let’s count our blessings, repair the damage, mourn for those who perished, help out those affected, learn our lessons (so there will be ZERO casualties in the future), and move on.

    Thank you for all the government efforts and to all the volunteers. 

  • delpillar

    the typhoon did not weaken, only the barometric pressure changes from 960 to 975 HectoPascal and the travel speed became 15km/hour from 20km/h

    at 11:30AM, Dec 5 Philippine time, the eye of the storm is at:
    Latitude  10 deg 10 min
    Longtitude 119 deg 25 min
    This is about 20km east of Caramay, Palawan (120km north-east of Puerto Princesa, still at Sulu Sea)
    Direction: moving West Northwest – at 15km/h
    Pressure: 975 Hecto-Pascal 
    Max Wind: 35 meters/sec
    Gust: 50 meters/sec

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNVLZW44Z6WLXHG6GML3JF3R3A LV

    It is good that this time around the current administration took proactive steps to warn people and evacuate people living in hazardous zones. Of course there are still casualties but not like the extreme levels as we have experienced last year. Last year Sendong’s tragedy is a shear consequence of a Noynoying President, politicians and government officials – too indifferent to the needs of those who are weak and vulnerable. Here’s hoping for a more responsive and responsible government. I am definitely not a fan of him and his administration, but may just become one, if he can keep up the good work. ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Psiitoon Charoenkrung

      u are right;  in the interview with Dinky Soliman u cannot even see sadness in her as she was interviewed.  If this is in Japan,  government officials will be crying already. U can see teary eyes in them as they are interviewed but not here in Philippines.  I hope I will not see the President grinning as he will visit the devastated areas.

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        there’s time to cry and there’s time to act…this is not the time to cry..

      • boypalaban

        e kung di talaga naiiyak e…

        kailangan ba plastikan?

        di na niya kailangan umiyak o magpakitang malungkot, magpakamatay na lang kaya siya…baka mas ok sa yo yon…

      • Hunter Ferry

         just because a person doesn’t cry doesn’t mean he does not sympathize…nasobrahan ka ata sa kakapanood ng mga walang kwentang drama dai..

  • Ordep1

    So pray na kayo kay Pedro Calungsod! Maling paniniwala = kalamidad!

    • pinakatagotago

      at ang maling post mo ay di nakakatulong…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Psiitoon Charoenkrung

      who knows it is the cause of the calamity;  God is angry for idol worshippers who praise man more than God.  God is a jealous God and He will never share His glory to another.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Psiitoon Charoenkrung

        I believe it is not a coincidence that after millions of devotees of Pedro Calunsod gather together then the fury of the storm fell on the land

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUE7BZXUJ7I5AFIBEPSIBONAHA Alfred A

        Why was CEBU hit by the typhoon? NOT… In fact if you compare the PAGASA projection versus the actual path the storm has taken you will see that clearly the storm missed/did not hit CEBU, it changed it’s course wihout hiting CEBU.. (against it’s projected path).
        By the way CEBU is where the Thanksgiving mass was celebrated in honor of St Pedro Calungsod…..

      • Hunter Ferry

         i’m a catholic but i do question a lot of catholic practices…like idolozing a human being..for god’s sake calungsod is a HUMAN BEING! bakit mo sasambahin?!

      • boypalaban

         paano yan idol kita…bakit di pa ako tinatamaan ng kidlat?

      • boypalaban

         Jealous God? ganyan ba ang Diyos ? seloso?

        ano pa ang mga feeling ng Diyos?

    • boypalaban

      magp-pray ako na maging tao ka…malamang kalamidad ang mangyayari…hahahahaha

  • delpillar

    If you ask a Scout-Ranger who were assigned to Samar, Bicol and Quezon, or if you ask a Bicolano or a eastern-Quezonian or one from Samar,, the havoc brought by Typhoon Pablo is not yet considered as Super-Typhoon.

    In Bicolano’s term or eastern-Quezonian, or Samar language, Super-Typhoon is the one like Reming (2006) , Sisang, Bebeng, Rosing and even Typhoon-TRIX (1952).

    1. 95 to 100% of banana and Abaca are down, pilipit, no one left standing
    2, at daytime, visibility is only about 10-15 meters
    3. No barumbarong or bahay kubo left with roof
    4. Scout Rangers, even without telescope can scan the whole mountain and mountain ranges for the presence of NPA because 80 to 90% of leaves are gone. A lot of branches fell down. usually after a super-typhoon, batallion of Scout Rangers are scouring the mountains of the Bicol Region because no NPA can ever hide even in the forests.
    5. 90-95% of coconut fruits ay laglag
    6. All leaves of coconut trees are bale-bali. Most are the whole leaves are pinilipit like twirls. But more than 15% of all coconut trees ay hindi lang putol ang katawan kundi buwal at pinilipit pa.

    6 decades ago, Typhoon-TRIX brought havoc to Bicol and Quezon Province in which due to the great devastation, US Pres. Harry S Truman sent the fully-loaded (with foods and materials) the AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINE (the biggest ship at that time).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Psiitoon Charoenkrung

    in the early hours of the storm I appreciated the government for the minimal casualties but as of now I am angry at the 70 people killed in different parts of the country specially in compostela valley.  As if the whole village was hit by the landslide.  Why is it that they were not evacuated?  Why Pnoy that women, children and men died when u boast that the government is very prepared.  Why are those people were not forcibly evacuated in compostela valley when they lived in dangerous areas.  why?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNVLZW44Z6WLXHG6GML3JF3R3A LV

      Government stance is that 70 deaths are tolerable in a country of 100 million. Statistically, that’s a little less than 1 in a million and this is entirely involuntary risk (i.e., by natural hazard). For comparison:
      – A person’s risk of death (any causes) in a given year is 1 in 750.
      – A person risk of death by traffic accident is 1 in 30,000 per year. Struck by lightning 1 in 2 million.
      – Hurricane Sandy which caused havoc northeast United States, killed around 253 persons. So even a first world country can not entirely avoid fatalities.

      So where did I get the 1 fatality in a million tolerability criterion? Well, as per DENR’s Procedural Manual for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the purpose of Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA), an acceptable individual risk criterion is set at 1 fatality in 1,000,000 per year. Note though that this criterion is given for industrial accidents. For events involving calamities/natural hazards, 1 fatality in 100,000 per year  is generally deemed acceptable (not that there is any written policy on natural hazards – but this is based on statistics accepted in other countries).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Psiitoon Charoenkrung

        your comment is almost like a communists propaganda which is so inhuman.  Can you write those words if it is your own brother, sister or parents that died?  I don’t think so if u have a human heart

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNVLZW44Z6WLXHG6GML3JF3R3A LV

        Everyone will leave this world. It is just a matter of where, when and how. 

      • boypalaban

        ganon? aalis sa mundo? saan pupunta…sa space? kailangan ba ng pamasahe pag sasakay sa spaceship?

      • Hunter Ferry

         maybe you have never lost a loved one yet…can you say the same if your son/daughter/mom/dad/ died in a fatal calamity such as this?

      • boypalaban

         communist lang ba ang gumagawa ng ganyang propaganda?
        research ka muna…pindot…pindot…pindot…

      • dodong1


      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNVLZW44Z6WLXHG6GML3JF3R3A LV

        You are in denial – death happens every milliseconds of each day. Appreciate life for what is. Anyways, question is, can you absolutely avoid fatality in such disaster?

      • dodong1

        this is typical for people like you that disregard the lost of lives. what ever it takes, you must be prepared and try your out most best to save lives..that is the reason why one death is too many. I believe that there is always the possibility that you can absolutely avoid fatalities in any disaster.. your comments and statistics is not comforting to say the least to those who lost their loved ones…liked one of the replies to you..HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF ONE OF YOUR LOVED ONE IS THE ONE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES???

      • boypalaban

        ilang feeling magaling ang nagko-komento dito?

        ilang letra na lahat ang naisulat simula nang ibalita ito?

        ilang bato ang naging kulay putik sa pagdaan ng bagyo?

        ilang ubo ang ginagawa ng mga nasa evacuation centers?

      • boypalaban

        ilang langgam ang nalunod?

        sa yo na yang statistics mo…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WSKC2BVDWGNWJSHDQRX7LDBIDY ….

      I don’t understand why you are Blaming Pnoy on this case? Do you even
      understand how the government works here in our country? There is a big
      difference between the LGUs and the State. Although both is headed by
      Pnoy, he is not an omnipresent being who can be at all affected areas at
      once. That is why there are LGUs to govern Municipalities and Cities. When the state announced that it is on red alert status, it is the LGU officials job to ensure that people in their areas heed the warning. Get your facts straight before criticizing someone. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1256781003 Niga Sai

      ang titigas ng mga ulo .. tingnan mo sa interview at tv footages.. saka na ng sisialisan ng andyan na si pablo, tapus sa intrview sasabihin na bigla lang lumakas ang hangin .. ogok!! bwisit!! .. these idiots is not only putting thier own life to danger but to the rescuers itself.. kita mo yong mga sundalo na nadala sa flushflood .. andyan yong sila dahil may mga tao sa area na di nila pwede iwanan.. hays..  so angry.. tapus si p-noy ang sisihin nyo?.. ogok!! .. kahit diko gusto yong mayor sa CDO pero he did a very good job.. code blue evac.. code red .. force evac .. maining police at military na pupunta sa bahay mo at kaladkarin ka pa punta sa evac center.. 

      • Hunter Ferry

         you hit it right…! pesteng mga ‘ogok’ yan ayaw kasi makinig..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Psiitoon Charoenkrung

    The government officials said that they did not expect that the devastation will be so deadly,  why?  The weather bureau was clear that this is a strong typhoon with the winds blowing up to 175 kms per hour.  All the government officials concerned ay dapat lang na sibakin from the governor to barangay officials for the dereliction of their duties and even the President cannot escape the blame

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/A3B5B7CAS25M3OSQSEBXPKDEIU zafirol

       There will be more death to count as the storm did not leave the PHI  area of responsibility. This has wind gust 195 KPH stronger than Sendong that killed more than 1500 people. We will see if early evacuation help in lessening fatality this time and hopefully they will find ways to zero fatality next time.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Psiitoon Charoenkrung

        u are right;  now its already 140 killed and still counting.  The government should not have announced that they were fully prepared for the storm.  What a shame really

    • boypalaban

      o bakit mga government officials ang sisibakin?
      akala ko ba dahil sumasamba sa mga idols…labo mo…uwi ka na…saing ka muna…

      pag maayos na pag-iisip mo saka ka magkomento dito…napaghahalata ka e…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      wind and rain did not kill.. it’s the landslide and flash floods that brought death…

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    Ang tulong nang bagyong Pablo sa sambayanang Pilipino ay nalantad sa lahat ang malaking pagkalbo nang ating mga kabundukan sa Compostela Valley na pinagsasaan nang mga pulitiko, ganid na negosyante, alagad nang batas… kasama pa diyan ang mga rebeldeng komunista na mga bantay salakay… Ang resulta ang mga namatay ay ang mga mahihirap nating mga kababayan na walang kakayanan magpagawa nang mansion at tumira sa mga subdibisyon o village.. KUHA NYO’  sana naman po matuto na kayo…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    The people suffers. while the loggers are all safe and secure in their urban Mansions..

  • Kamatis Tomato

    Bakit pa meron tayong barangay captain, mayor at governor kung iasa pala lahat sa national government? They were warned. Pero tingnan nyo yong areas na pro-active yong LGUs like Hinatuan, konti lang o halos walang casualty.  In CDO nada. But even in richer countries like Taiwan, Japan and USA meron at meron pa ring namamatay. Pero ang kaibahan lang siguro at yon ang malungkot ay yong sa kanila by chance samantalang sa atin dahil sa kapabayaan. Ano kaya ang meron sa Comval that exacerbated the situation? Mining upstream.  

    • generalproblem

      thats correct mining thats make the mountain bald. in batanes there are no landslide because the mountain even theres no tress theres grass.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LHTWUXKL5GQ66NGG73Z6EIMYZI june

    everytime i hear and see on television benito ramos of the director of the ndrmmc, he appears to be full of himself sowing fear on the populace with his panicky statements and body language instead of the calm and re-assuring words.  another thing, why can’t we just simplify the names of the agencies that concerns weather / calamity since during the time of crisis i won’t even remember the meaning of ndrmmc nor pag-asa

    • Hunter Ferry

       because filipinos don’t heed ‘reassuring words’….ganon katigas ulo ng pinoy..

  • Cobra

    here we go again another calamity abnoy missing in action,ayaw niya yan bad news kasi

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AMU6YOG6XWURIUNLUVYFFXRRCU Angel

    anyone who can provide a list of names died?. specially in Baganga, Davao Oriental

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Let’s start the sharing. Let’s start giving for the fund drive to help the victims.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    you must learn from the ivatans from batanes how they survive this kind of harsh weather..always zero casualty up there even for the strongest typhoon

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NIHSGQRLMFSZVA42LTJWDW5VQ4 rosenda

      It really pays to heed the warning. Preparedness saves life.

  • Albert Einstien

    so sad…if we can only resurrect the dead….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NIHSGQRLMFSZVA42LTJWDW5VQ4 rosenda

    Naalala ko nung mga bata pa kami 1980s sa town namin sa Bicol, kapag may paparating na bagyo, a day before na dadating ang bagyo, nagsisipaghanda na ang mga tao, yung iba dinadaganan ng mabibigat ang mga bubong nila, namimili ng mga pagkain at nagsisilikas na ang mga tao bago kumagat ang dilim. Madaming tao lagi sa bahay namin noon kasi yung iba sa bahay nagpapalipas ng gabi.  Until now nung last na uwi ko, ganun pa rin ang mga tao sa amin. Kaya wala kang mababalitaan na casualties sa lugar namin. Pagkatapos ng bagyo then tsaka sila bumabalik sa mga bahay nila. Then kasunod nun almost a month na walang kuryente but we survived.

    • delpillar

      In 2006 Dec, Typhoon Reming killed more than 1,000 in Albay. many were due to the landslide of the sand and boulders coming from the slope of Mount Mayon. SOme boulders were as big as jeepney or dump truck. I went to Legazpi with a Bicolano friend and he brought me to Padang or rawis, i don’t remember the Baranggay name anymore but there were tall CROSS erected for the remembrance of the thousands who were killed by the boulders and sands.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NIHSGQRLMFSZVA42LTJWDW5VQ4 rosenda

        Yes that was really tragic. Siguro unexpected din nila yung mud slide. Napapanood ko nga sa TV pag may bagyo dun..naghahanda na ang local government dun. Sa lugar namin, every time we hear a siren to warn us about the typhoon..naghahanda talaga kami sa lugar namin. Usually very active ang local government namin kasi prone to typhoon  talaga ang lugar namin. Bumibili na kami ng battery para sa radyo, gas, posporo, kandila..etc, yung iba pinuputol na ang mga sanga ng kahoy, yung mga nasa flood prone areas..kanya kanyang evacuate hours before the typhoon kasi binabaha din ang mga skuls namin. 

        Kaya siguro dun sa mga kababayan natin, pag may warning na, evacuate agad..kasi buhay ang nakataya dito.

  • delpillar

    Paalis na ng bansa si Pablo or Bopha. Bopha is a Cambodian term for Flowers.

    Nasa South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) na si Pablo

    As of 3PM, Dec 5 Philippine time, the eye of the storm is at:
    Latitude  10 deg 35 minLongtitude 118 deg 35 minThis is about 125 km West of San Vicente Town, Palawan  in the South China Sea

    Direction: moving West Northwest – at 20km/hPressure: 975 Hecto-Pascal Max Wind: 35 meters/secGust: 50 meters/sec

  • TheGUM

    I’m not a big fan of President Aquino.  But I just don’t get it when he’s blamed, right away, without understanding what really happened in areas with high casualties.  Mag imbestiga muna bago magbigay ng hatol kung sino dapat sisihin, hindi ba?

    Yan ang problema.  Sisihan kaagad.  Alamin muna natin kung ano nangyari sa mga lugar na walang namatay at ano ang nangyari sa lugar na maraming namatay.  At sa darating na mga bagyo, gawin ang mga tamang bagay para ZERO casualties, as much as possible, ang mangyayari.

    Para sa mga namatay, nasaktan, nasiraan ng ari-ari, walang silbi yang mga “political points” na yan!

  • stfu_moron

    Hindi na natuto lahat…tsk tsk tsk

  • CyberPinoy

    RIP for those who died and condolence to the family affected..

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Business as usual, Cagayan de Oro is a famous logger’s home town.

  • AnastacioMamaril

    My thoughts and prayers to those affected by typhoon pablo.

    Sana di na lang dinidisplay sa media mga labi ng mga nangamatay sa sakuna. I remember noong tsunami tragedy sa Japan nakatutok ako sa local tv stations natin pati na rin sa CNN ni isang bangkay wala yata pinakita. Okay na yung sabihin na lang bilang ng mga nasawi, nasugatan at mga nawawala. In this time of tragedy let us not think of ratings.

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