Super-typhoon Pablo’s real power was not really felt here in Hinunangan even if the storm signal number 3 had been raised in Southern Leyte compared to when Typhoon Frank visited us here as we (my wife and I) exchanged our vows in 2008.
But in Compostela Valley Province, hundreds of people, including those taking shelter in schools and other evacuation centers, were washed out by the flash floods, killing most of them. Almost all structures in the area were damaged including roads, bridges, and centers. Power lines were destroyed and also the livelihood of ComVal people.
ComVal Province officials said that they informed everyone about the typhoon and how strong it was. They also tried to force everyone to evacuate their homes and take shelter into centers safe from Pablo. But the centers which were believed to be safe from typhoon Pablo were not really that safe because as they were exposed to Pablo, they soon collapsed.
ComVal authorities said that they were prepared for the coming of Pablo, but their structures were not well built compared to similar centers in Bicol.
Super-typhoon Pablo with international code name Bopha has central winds of 120 kph and gusts of up to 150 kph made its landfall in Davao Oriental from the Pacific Ocean and move northwest crossing the island of Mindanao. Its power was weaken as it reached central Mindanao, saving Palawan.