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article imageStrong typhoon to hit Philippines Tuesday

By Leo Reyes     Dec 2, 2012 in Environment
A super typhoon named "Pablo" with international code name "Botha," is forecast to make landfall in the Philippines Tuesday, according to the the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
The strong typhoon which has already entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), is expected to make landfall in Mindanao but a wide area of Luzon and Visayas will be affected.
As of 12:00 midnight Monday. December 3, Typhoon "Botha" was located based on satellite and surface data at 770 km Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (6.5°N, 133.7°E), PAGASA said on its December 3 update. Details of the latest forecast can be viewed here.
Authorities in the Philippines have warned residents of the areas along the path of the typhoon on the deadly effects effects of Botha which is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds in many parts of the country starting Tuesday.
According to PAGASA, typhoon Botha is forecast to be even stronger than typhoon Sendong which hit the Cagayan de Oro and adjacent parts of southern Philippines last year and left 1,300 people dead due to flooding in landslides.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has advised fishermen and residents of areas to be directly hit by the typhoon to avoid the coastal areas due to rough seas.
Benito Ramos, NDRRMC Executive Director warned residents of landslide-prone areas of the danger of flooding and advised them to take necessary precautions.
“This is a powerful storm, perhaps the strongest this year, and we enjoin everyone to take precautionary measures,” Ramos said via
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje has directed official of the agency to link with local government units and to issue geo-hazard advisories in areas that are expected to be affected by typhoon Pablo.
"As PAGASA has warned, we are expecting typhoon Pablo to dump large volume of rainfall in Mindanao. We have to heed their warning and be prepared as this could bring adverse impact on the people such as landslides and flooding," Paje said.
24-hour weather forecast and details can be viewed here
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