By Gloria H. Grejalde
MANILA (4-Dec-2012/PNA) – Packed with strong winds, heavy rains and thunderstorms, typhoon “Pablo” lashed Davao Region, Caraga Region and some parts of Visayas, killing at least 27 people.
The super typhoon affected 11,871 families or 57,501 individuals, demolished houses and stranded hundreds of passengers in two Mindanao regions and parts of Visayas.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Pablo” directly hit Baganga, Davao Oriental at around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and gustiness of up to 210 kph.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday the eye of typhoon “Pablo” was located 70km south of Tagbilaran City or 90km southeast of Dumaguete City. It maintained its strength and is moving west at 26 kph and is expected to be at 180 km southwest of Roxas City by Wednesday morning.
It will be some 230 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City by Thursday morning and by Friday morning at 780 km west of Metro Manila.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that of the affected families, 802 were in Eastern Visayas, 2,974 in Northern Mindanao, 659 in Davao Region and 7,436 in Caraga Region.
At the same time, the NDRRMC reported that 11,059 families, or 53,441 persons were housed at 94 evacuation centers of which 16 in Eastern Visayas, 38 in Northern Mindanao, one in Davao Region and 39 in Caraga.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has served 4,984 families or 23,035 of the evacuees housed in 54 evacuation centers spread in Eastern Visayas, Davao Region and Caraga.
The NDRRMC said that as of Tuesday, classes in all levels were suspended in Mandaue City in Cebu; Cebu City; Dumaguete City; Caraga Region; and all places in Region 11 under storm warning signal number 2 and 3.
As of Monday noon, NDRRMC reported that some 3,268 passengers were stranded in various ports in the country, 148 rolling cargoes, 93 vessels and 49 motor bancas were prevented from sailing.
Meanwhile, of the 27 persons killed, 15 were from New Bataan in Compostela Valley where flashflood affected about 80 percent of the community, where an undetermined number of persons were remained missing since Monday afternoon, municipal information officer Fe Maestre reported.
The other victims were one in Tarragona; one in Manay; three in Caraga and one in Baganga. Six were confirmed dead while scores were still missing in Montevista in Compostela Valley, Col. Leonardo Guerrero, commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade based in Davao Region reported on Tuesday.
In Manay, a 50-year-old woman died when crushed by fallen trees along with Jigger Gumunit, 30, the first typhoon victim in Davao Region.
Guerrero also said two were reported hurt in Caraga while another was reported in Baganga.(PNA) RMA/ghg with reports from CLTC and PFN)