December 7, 2012

Typhoon Bopha Causes Calamities in the Philippines

Whilst we wait to see what pronouncements emerge from the COP18 climate change talks in Doha over the next day or two, back in the Philippines the  National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report in their 5:00 PM bulletin on December 7th that concerning what they call "lifelines":

  • Thirteen (13) bridges and twelve (12) roads are not passable.
  • Thirty-four (34) municipalities and cities experiencing power interruption.
  • Five (5) areas are experiencing interruption in water supply.
  • Davao Oriental experiencing communication interruption.

whilst regarding "affected population":

A total of 1,077,541 families / 5,317,275 persons are affected. A total of 28,587 damaged houses were reported, of which 11,002 were partially damaged while 17,585 were totally damaged.

and regarding "casualties" that:

456 were reported dead and 445 were injured while 533 are still missing.

The NDRRMC also put a price on the damage to life and property in Mindanao:

A total of PHP 4,001,924,688.02 cost of damages: PHP 630,970,000.00 damages in infrastructure, PHP 3,365,534,688.02 in agriculture, and a total of PHP
5,420,000.00 worth of damaged private properties.

To sum up the chaos caused by Typhoon Bopha/Pablo the NDRRMC also point out that:

As of 07 December 2012, a total of forty five (45) provinces, municipalities and cities in Regions IV-B, VII, X, XI, and CARAGA declared state of calamity.

Finally, for the moment at least, the United States Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center graphical representation of where Bopha has been, and where she will go next, looks like this:

The 5 day forecast for Typhoon Bopha/Pablo on Friday 7th December 2012

The 5 day forecast for Typhoon Bopha/Pablo on Friday 7th December 2012

As you can see, whilst she is currently expected to loop back towards the northern Philippines, no further "calamities" seem likely at the moment. There's probably a fair few "casualties" yet to be reported however.

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Comments on Typhoon Bopha Causes Calamities in the Philippines »

December 9, 2012

Jim @ 10:12 pm

In their 5:00 PM bulletin on December 9th the NDRRMC are now reporting that:

620 persons were reported dead and 1,418 were reported injured while 817 are still missing and 69 rescued.

and that:

A total of 1,096,633 families / 5,408,229 persons are affected. A total of 67,779 damaged houses were reported, of which 32,412 were partially damaged while 35,367 were totally damaged.

They add that, at long last:

Tropical storm "Pablo" is expected to dissipate within the next 12 hours.

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