Negros rescue groups on alert for Typhoon ‘Pablo’

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Monday, December 3, 2012


ALL rescue groups all over Negros Occidental and Bacolod City were alerted as early as Sunday night in preparation for Super Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha).

"Let us all pray that Negros will be spared from this super typhoon," said Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. on Sunday.

Typhoon Pablo entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday evening, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

Marañon appealed to those living in low-lying and coastal areas to be alert all the time and be prepared for possible evacuation.

"I appeal to our fishermen to refrain from going to the seas as we evaluate the weather condition," Marañon added.

He said he will meet with rescue groups’ representatives and Department of Education (DepEd) officials all over Negros Occidental early in the morning Monday, so that early warning and advisory could be given to the pupils all over the province.

"We have been spared from havoc in previous typhoons. This time, we need to pray fervently that the typhoon will spare us," Marañon said.

He also appealed to everyone to monitor the weather updates from time to time through media.

National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center (NDRRMC) Executive Director Benito Ramos advised the public to take precautionary measures, as the typhoon’s diameter is expected to reach 700 kilometers.

"This typhoon is going to be a strong one," Ramos warned.

The storm surge is expected to be strong in the eastern seaboard of the country. The affected areas in case of a landfall will include the areas of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur; Compostela Valley and Davao Provinces.

The typhoon will also affect Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Island Provinces of Siargao and Dinagat islands, as well as the areas in Southern Leyte, Samar, Negros provinces, Cebu, Bohol, Palau Island, Iloilo, Aklan, Antique and Capiz.

Possible incidence of landslides will cover the areas of Mt. Dimata and Mt. Diwalwal in Mindanao and St. Bermard in Southern Leyte.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 03, 2012.

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