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P-Noy seeks sustained public action on imminent disasters PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:41

President Benigno Aquino III is calling on people nationwide to continue doing their part in helping minimize death and destruction from natural calamities that ravage the country.

"Together, we can minimize the cost of natural disasters," he said in a statement presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda read Tuesday during a Palace news conference.

Mr. Aquino made the call as preliminary government data show although 'Juan' caused widespread destruction in areas it ravaged, the death toll from this super typhoon is less than what international observers expected.

Government reported 10 people died and six others sustained injuries as 'Juan' slammed into and pummeled northern Luzon on Monday.

"I think we were able to prove them wrong," Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) chief Graciano Yumul said during the news conference.

He noted preparations of individuals on the ground before onslaught of 'Juan' truly made a difference in boosting efforts to minimize death from this typhoon.

Malacanang already expressed its sympathy to families of the typhoon casualties.

Experts identified 'Juan' as among the world's strongest howlers. Yumul noted 'Juan' sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour before its landfall in Isabela province.

Isabela and Cagayan are among this howler's hardest-hit provinces.

Close tracking enabled PAGASA's weather forecasters to correctly predict the landfall of 'Juan,' Yumul noted He said international weather agencies earlier forecasted 'Juan' to strike Cagayan first. "Only PAGASA said otherwise," he said.

The international weather agencies already adapted PAGASA's trackline for 'Juan,' he added. PAGASA expects 'Juan' to be outside the Philippine area of responsibility by Oct. 20.

 
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