Philippines early warning system saves lives as thousands flee Typhoon Bopha (UNISDR)

This post was originally published in UNISDR.org on December 5, 2012. GENEVA/BANGKOK, 5 December 2012 – The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) today praised the improved performance of early warning systems in the Philippines as Typhoon Bopha cut a swathe of destruction across the country resulting in over 200 deaths and significant economic losses. UNISDR Head of Regional Office for Asia, Jerry Velasquez, said: “This time last year over[…]

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Pablo (2012) Landslide in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley

4 December 2012 Compostela Valley was not regularly frequented by typhoons. This was cited by survivors as the reason why evacuation was not implemented in most areas. Despite warnings and preparations by communities against the typhoon, a total of 612 people died in Compostela Valley due to Typhoon Pablo (international name, Bopha), mostly in Barangay Andap, in the municipality of New Bataan. New Bataan is a small agricultural town of mostly farmers[…]

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