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Typhoon Basyang ( Conson) Ravages the Philippines; PAGASA Goes Wrong

Written By David D'Angelo on Thursday, July 15, 2010 | 7/15/2010

Typhoon Basyang with international name Conson damage the Philippines as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Philippine's Weather Bureau goes wrong in its weather forecast.

"That information it is sorely lacking and we have had this problem for quite a long time. ... You do what you are supposed to do... this is not acceptable. I hope this is the last time that we are all brought to areas different from where we should be," President Noynoy Aquino said as he scoleds PAGASA.

Typhoon Basyang was predicted to travel the path of Central Luzon and Northern Luzon in the Philippines but instead it traversed Central Luzon, Metro Manila and Southern Luzon.

"The roof of our houses were really going to fly, the winds were strong just like Typhoon Milenyo," Mei Velas-Suarin informed as through SMS messages last night as we have no electricity in Bulacan yet. Power was restored just at about 11:00am.

As of noon today, power was said to be restored to about 94% of the customers of MERALCO. The operation of the LRT 1 and 2 and MRT had also been restored. But in Bicol, there was still no power in Camarines Norte province.

The typhoon lashed out in the middle of the night as people of the affected areas were unaware and unprepared. The respective National Disaster Coordinating Councils (NDCC) branches were also caught offhanded.

Death toll from Typhoon basyang rose to 23 early Thursday but the NDCC says it would likely go up as reports came in. The number of those killed includes 17 from Southern Luzon and three each from Central Luzon and the Bicol Region. Meanwhile 59 people were reported missing, including 40 in Calaguan Island.

Flights in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was also cancelled late Tuesday afternoon. Some 12,798 families (64,246 people) had been affected in 194 villages in five cities and 47 towns in 12 provinces in Central and Southern Luzon, Metro Manila and Bicol.

The estimated damaged from Typhoon Basyang rose to an estimated P22.97 million (US$510,445) which includes damages to infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries and schools in Southern Luzon, Bicol and Metro Manila.

PAGASA is also scheduled to complete the installation of at least six Doppler Radars in key areas like Virac in Catanduanes and Guian in Eastern Samar. However, these radar are not expected to be completed until 2013.

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