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‘Pablo’ was deadliest catastrophe in the world in 2012

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Typhoon “Pablo,” which struck the Davao region of eastern Mindanao last December, was the deadliest catastrophe in the world in 2012 in terms of fatalities, with 1,901 deaths, according to the think tank unit of US-based reinsurance broker and capital adviser Aon Benfield.

Pablo was also one of the most devastating typhoons last year, with damage totalling some $1 billion, said Impact Forecasting in its December report on global catastrophes in 2012, “Global Catastrophe Recap.”

The report said that damage from Pablo—internationally known as “Bopha,” which Impact Forecasting classified as a super typhoon—paled only in comparison to various severe weather events in the United States, earthquakes in Italy, drought in Russia, and several floods in China and Australia.

The most destructive catastrophe in 2012 was Hurricane “Sandy” which ravaged the US East Coast, the damage from which was estimated at $62 billion.

Sandy also wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and the Bahamas as well as Canada, with additional damage estimated at  $2.5 billion.

Pablo made landfall in Mindanao as a 260 kilometer-per-hour Category 5 typhoon and left 1,901 people dead or missing and 2,666 injured, the report said.

More than 216,817 homes were damaged or destroyed in 318 municipalities in 34 provinces, with the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley sustaining the most extensive damage, it said.

Impact Forecasting noted that Pablo destroyed P37 billion, or $802 million worth of agricultural resources, infrastructure and private property. It said P5 billion ($122 million) would be needed to rehabilitate the farms.

In Palau, Bopha caused an additional $20 million in damage, the think tank said.

“Insurance and reinsurance penetration in the affected territories (in Southeast Asia and South Pacific) is significantly lower than in the more mature Western markets, so the impact of a weather system such as super typhoon Bopha on the Philippines places an even greater strain on regional recovery efforts and the availability of sufficient government aid,” Impact Forecasting president Steve Jakubowski said in a statement.


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  • kanoy

    ITS NOT SURPRISING,,,,ALL OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH GAVE OUT EXTREME WEATHER WARNINGS CITIZENS PACKED UP AND RAN FOR SAFETY,,,,FILIPINOS STAYED HOME AND PRAYED

  • rjimenez1226

    And Enrile  and his gang of senators are the deadliest political catathrope to hit the country  in 2012 with their uncalled for bonuses and thievery. Kill them all in the coming election.

  • dprotector

    I think it is just a catastrophe waiting to happen. There was already a landslide before Pablo in Compostela Valley and that is in Pantukan. So when the typhoon comes in a place the government is not expecting, this happens. That is what illegal mining and logging do.

    • kanoy

       NO WAY ”MINING/LOGGING” …JUST PLAIN ”STUPIDITY” YOU KNOW THERE IS A LANDSLIDE READY TO HAPPEN TENS MAYBE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS KNOW IT WILL HAPPEN…BUT WHERE DID THE ”IDIOTS” BUILD THEIR SQUATTER SHACKS? AT THE BASE OF THE HILL AND WHAT WILL THESE SAME IDIOTS DO WHEN WARNED BY THE WIRELESS COCONUT THE STORM IS IMMINENT? IGNORE IT,,GO IN THAT SHACK AT THE BASE OF THE HILL AND PRAY,,,,THAT IS THEIR FAULT

      • CmdrAdobo

        Im to both.

        No illegal logging and ming.

        No to stupidity.

      • kanoy

         YEA I CAN DIG YOU THERE,,,ALL I AM SAYING IS THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH OF EITHER THEY DO….UNLESS SOMEONE IS STUPID ENOUGH TO BUILD A TIN SHACK THERE IT WONT EFFECT THEM

  • GaggerAlert

    Proud to be pinoy! We have the worst disaster in 2012!

    Nobody really learned their lesson. This could have been prevented if only the government was inept in anticipating this types of disaster.

    Super typhoons every year, nothing really changed until a BIG one came in. So who’s to blame?

  • disqusted0fu

    Hey, another accomplishment under the Aquino administration!

    Deadliest catastrophe in the world but the government soon forgot about helping the victims and instead prioritized the passing of the RH bill.

    • kanoy

       THE WORLD HELPED THE VICTIMS BUT NOT THE RP SENATE, CONGRESS OR AQUEENO…THE RH BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED LONG AGO SO HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH IT NOW HIS PRIORITIES SUCK



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