In December 2011, a tropical storm ravaged Mindanao and caused a lot of death and destruction. In December 2012, unfortunately, it happened again.
December 3, 2012. Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) made landfall on southeastern Mindanao, packing winds of up to 100 kph. It reached a maximum sustained wind speed of 185 kph, making it the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the country in 2012.
Despite the national and local governments’ efforts to prevent a repeat of typhoon Sendong exactly a year ago, massive landslides in Compostela Valley and flash floods claimed most of the 1,067 lives lost. According to the NDRRMC last December 22, cost of damage to infrastructure, agriculture, and private property was estimated to upwards of P34 billion.
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