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Juan vs Juan

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

The 100 year cycle has been shortened because of climate change,

Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Ed Manda imparted his insight on how Ondoy came to be.

The deadliest among the Philippine storms in 2009, Ondoy killed 240 people, affected 1,872,036 more and damaged P2 billion worth of farm goods and infrastructures as it devastated Metro Manila and surrounding areas. More than 3 million people were affected across Luzon and some areas in Visayas.

 

We don't want this to happen again.

 

312 millimeters. The typhoon poured more than a month’s worth of rain fall in just nine hours on the 26th of September last year. It dumped more amount of rainfall than USA’s Hurricane Katrina. It is indeed, the worst tropical storm that our country experienced for the past 90 years.

Internationally Megi. After almost more than a year since Ondoy left the country, another super typhoon is monitored by PAGASA. Typhoon Juan, internationally known as “Megi”, is feared to bring the same effects as that of Ondoy.

Having retained its 140kph sustained winds near its center and 170kph gustiness, Juan was last spotted moving 24kph at 820 kilometers east of Northern Luzon. It has increased its speed by 4kph (previous was 20kph). All the government offices are all prepared for the coming of the said super typhoon.

La Niña. Global warming inevitably takes its part now. The effect of man’s destruction to Mother Nature is palpable at present. One evidence is the change in the Philippine weather systems.

News said that we should expect more strong storms coming until December and Juan is the start of it.

In all fairness, the Filipinos are being more alert when it comes to changes in weather especially this rainy season. It is but sad to face the reality that we need an Ondoy just to wake up our senses to a reality. The reality that we have vastly altered our environment and that we are to take all the consequences for it.