Current Situation: Typhoon Pepeng (Parma)
Local TV news reports from 4:30pm have declared Metro Manila spared from the maximum 260 kph winds of typhoon Pepeng (Parma). Though rains will continue to fall until Monday night, the situation doesn’t look as bad as Ondoy. As I type this post there is just a slight drizzle outside.
Northern Cagayan and surrounding areas are not so fortunate. Pepeng made land fall at approximately 3:00pm and is wrecking havoc.
“The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported Saturday morning that thousdands of people living in critical areas in La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Batanes, Quirino provinces have been evacuated.
More than 20,000 families or more than 100,000 people have also been evacuated in Bicol and a few hundred more were brought to evacuation centers in the Calabarzon area.”, ABS-CBN news
Lets hope for the best. As there are still thousands of people displaced by typhoon Ondoy and are still receiving relief goods.
“Ketsana left at least 246 people dead as it passed over the Philippines. Another 38 people were still missing, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said.
The storm affected nearly 2 million people and forced the evacuation of 567,000. At one point, 80 percent of the capital Manila was under water after experiencing the heaviest rainfall in 40 years.”, CNN.com
This will most likely be my last typhoon post. This blog will resume regular programming on Monday, October 5, 2009. Have a great weekend, folks.