It was the high-level of public awareness that spare the lives of many people from destruction brought by Super Typhoon Juan.
Good to know that we now learned our lessons, especially from the experience of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.
Considering “Juan” is the strongest typhoon in the world, so far, it only caused at least 13 fatalities, which is really beyond our control.
The province of Isabela, the entry point of ‘Juan’ to the Philippines, bore the brunt of the devastation from the typhoon and had half of the recorded fatalities.
Hopefully, prices of rice and crops will not swell since Isabela is the country’s second top rice-producing province. It has already lost P921 million in damage to crops.
On the other hand, rains brought by “Juan” helped the water level at Angat Dam in Bulacan to finally went past the critical level. Angat supplies 97 percent of the water needs of Metro Manila.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Angat’s water level was at 181 meters but it is still way below the spilling level of 212 meters.
PAGASA said that there would be more strong typhoons to come this November and December.
Let’s be ready and alert, always.