As Philippines recovers from the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy, news of a “Super Typhoon” hitting has caused many Filipinos to flee for shelter. The government defines a super typhoon as one with winds reaching 175-200 kilometers per hour with the potential to cause heavy damage. According to reports from CBSNEWS WORLD, Typhoon Parma aka Pepeng is forecast to hit the Northeast coast on Saturday, with winds of up to 120 mph and gusts up to 140 mph. Although it is not expected to bring as much rain as Tropical Storm Ketsana did, any additional rain could hamper ongoing relief and clean-up efforts, as well as bring greater distress to the more than 3 million people affected by last week’s epic flooding. A massive evacuation is underway, with tens of thousands of villagers in mountain slopes, low-lying and coastal areas fleeing the likely path of Parma. There are now more than 80,000 families in evacuation centers.
The photo provided above shows the Asian countries affected by typhoon season. It was reported that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a nationwide “state of calamity” — freeing up funds for emergency relief — and ordered six provincial governments to evacuate residents from flood- and landslide-prone areas in Parma’s path. Typhoon Ondoy brought destruction across Southeast Asia, killing at least 422 including 293 in the Philippines, 99 in Vietnam, 14 in Cambodia and 16 in Laos. The Philippines is hit by as many as 20 major storms a year and is well practiced at battening down. Typhoons in the region are most common and usually most powerful from August to November. With the new super typhoon approaching Philippines, many of us living overseas pray for the safety of our kababayans in the Philippines and for ways to help please refer to an earlier post of mine entitled UPDATE: Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana.
The following videos are reports on Super Typhoon Parma aka Pepeng.