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Typhoon Falcon brings death and destruction to RP

The Philippine weather bureau, PAGASA says Tropical Storm Falcon has just left the Philippine area of responsibility. Yet, a heavy volume of rain continues to pour and inundates many places in Metro Manila. Based on government statistics, 15 Filipinos went missing and about 70,000 families were affected by flash floods caused by the typhoon.

Science and Technology undersecretary Graciano Yumul said that the typhoon left for Japan twelve midnight. The continuous heavy rains are caused by the southwest monsoon or habagat. However, there was no explanation as to the cause of twisters which affected Quezon City and Iloilo.

Nathaniel Servando, a meteorologist of Pagasa says that Falcon brought in about 150 mm of rain, which they say is just 20% of what Typhoon Ondoy did several years ago.

Floods as high as eight feet brought misery to thousands of residents in Metro Manila, particularly in Marikina where about 25,000 families were evacuated when the Marikina and Tumana rivers overflowed. Many thought this was because of the rains, but the PAGASA bureau already said that it was’nt. So, the culprit of these floods seemed to be the ineffectiveness of the Metro’s anti-flood control systems. Something has to be done by the Philippine government to mitigate this problem.

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