‘Yolanda’ destroys Pagasa monitoring equipment in Guiuan

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RUINS WHERE ‘YOLANDA’ MADE FIRST LANDFALL The historic Church of the Immaculate Conception (roofless rectangle building with bell tower) in Guiuan, Samar province, lies in ruins like most structures in the town of Eastern Samar. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Doppler radar and other weather monitoring equipment of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)  in Guiuan, Eastern Samar were destroyed by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), Radyo Inquirer 990AM reported Wednesday.

The weather bureau’s communication device was also severely damaged when “Yolanda” made its first landfall in Guiuan and flattened the fishing  town, weather forecaster Aldzcar Aurelio said.

He said that Pagasa now has no contact with its personnel in Guiuan.

In Tacloban City, Aurelio said the agency’s station in the severely devastated capital of Leyte province was also damaged.

Its weather monitoring equipment in Cebu, meanwhile, has not been affected but the weather bureau has no information yet on the status of its stations in Panay and Coron Palawan, Aurelio said.

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