|Photo taken by Hushbox Manila's Kebo Brown|
And on the anniversary of the fateful Ondoy, came Pedring (Nesat), the 17th storm that hit the country. I must hand it to PAGASA's (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophsycial and Astromical Services) new administrator Nathaniel T. Servando. His office was relentless in giving updates when it was first spotted as a low pressure area to a Tropical Storm (TS) until it inensified into a full blown Typhoon. I was in Malapascua's Gato Island diving when I read the TS and gale warnings on my twitter feed which I promptly shared with my fellow divers and boatmen.
|Photo posted on Facebook|
As of today, another Tropical Storm codenamed Quiel (Nalgae) was spotted 1,400 kms east of northern Luzon and is expected to enter [to use PAGASA's parlance] Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this afternoon. According to the Department of Science and Technology undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr. "it is likely to intensify into a powerful cyclone". Oh well.. there are four more typhoons expected to enter PAR before yearend - these are codenamed Ramon, Sendong, Tisoy and Ursula.
To help Typhoon Pedring victims, contact:
Philippine Red Cross: BDO Savings Account 453-0018647
Gawad Kalinga: needs food and water, call +631916 437-9941
UAA&P - food, clothes and medicine, drop off at the University located at Pearl Dive, pasig
Citizen's Disaster Response Center - Metrobank Account 636-3-63600741-3
Some video clips of Pedring: