Sunday, May 1, 2011


 Typhoon is a tropical cyclone in which winds are greater than 117 kph, and a tropical storm in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. It is usually a big problem that we face in our country. We are not the only ones affected, but mostly, people around us too. Sometimes, it comes without any information from our Philippine astronomical service. Alertness is one way to prevent the affect of typhoon. We know that typhoon could affect our future. As I go searching through some different books and with the help of city library, I made my introduction possible. I may now state that typhoon may lead our deaths. 

Typhoon is a calamity that everyone suffers. We can’t predict what would be the next calamity to happen in this world. Why is there always a calamity coming? Actually, it is a part of our lives; we could handle this situation, in order to lift our strengths up as this is only a trial of life. God gives this to us, so we can solve anything. Simple things happen in reality but there’s a lesson behind the problems. Never be afraid that calamity comes, it’s just like losing our hope. Every time there’s a happening, don’t panic. Focus to help save our family.

Every Filipino is a victim of a typhoon. Last year, typhoon Frank brought more damage compared with any typhoon before. Many people had no shelter left, even foods. Other died because of strong winds and heavy rain. Sometimes, we are the centre of cyclone, so if they arrive, we got no choice left but to pray for survival. There are many ways to avoid such thing, but always remember that when typhoon comes, don’t panic.

Frank Attack. Iloilo flooded after being hit by typhoon Frank, 2008


Every day, we are aware that problems come in our surroundings. At times, a typhoon comes every month, and we always think we can’t survive. A lot of people died because of typhoon. We cannot see it coming. They just did. With this, we must be alert in order for us to secure our family or belongings. It is a big problem that can affect people, including, in most cases, their houses.

Typhoon: it can destroy our future. With that problem, we cannot easily get back into normal life. We need to sacrifice first to build another future. One of the most powerful typhoon in recently years is typhoon Ondoy. It was a big challenge for us; many people suffer, no houses, foods and even clothes, and for the worst, nothing left.

The path of the storm system itself is generally a curved parabolic trajectory with the storm moving northwest weirdly (in the northern hemisphere) at the velocity of only 5 miles per hour or less while in the zone of the trade winds. On reaching its turning point, the storm recurred north east weirdly and may accelerate to 20 miles per hour or more as it continues into the region of the prevailing westerly’s.

Typhoons may develop at anytime during the year, but occur most frequently (in the northern hemisphere) between July and November, at which time doldrums are farthest north of the equator. The average frequency of recurrence for the entire typhoon region is approximately 20-25 storms per year.

Most Philippine typhoons are formed in two places. The first is the area in the Pacific Ocean between the Philippines and Caroline’s-Marianas Islands. Most of the typhoons that affect the Philippines are formed here. The second is the area in the South China Sea, between the Philippines and the Asiatic mainland.

Since, most typhoons move in a west, north westerly track, provinces facing the Pacific Ocean suffer the most powerful winds. The area most affected is northern Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Bicol, and Central Luzon. Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao are not often affected by typhoons, and they are even rarer in Southern Mindanao. The tropical cyclones that pass over the Philippines 57% reach typhoon intensity 24% are storms, and only 19% have winds less than 63kph.

Sea on land. People rushing home as flood invades the street

The typhoon quickly dissipates as it moves over land. Its path is marked by wide spread and lowering dark cloud, torrential rains, and surging seas. Cloudiness may cover a area measuring almost 2000 miles (3200kilometers) in diameter. Before the arrival of the typhoon the atmosphere is sultry and oppressive and a mercury barometer exhibits a peculiar pumping action.

The outside diameter of the doughnut-shaped belt within which the storms effects are perceptibly felt may range from about 50miles (80 kilometres) to many times that distance. The typhoon possess a central “eye” 5 to 25 miles in diameter, distinguish by relatively clear slivers and almost complete calm.

On June 21, 2008, Typhoon Frank unleashed heavy rains and strong winds that flooded and devastated almost the entire Province of Iloilo. One third of one million six hundred ninety one thousand, citizens of the Province of Iloilo, were left homeless. Of those who seek shelter in evacuation centers, as of July 1, 2008, 131 died and 103 people are still missing and feared dead. All in all, 18,800 houses were totally damaged and 40,592 houses were partially damaged. Roads, bridges, hospital buildings, and facilities, power and water facilities, and other infrastructure costing nearly 1 billion 5 hundred million were destroyed. Agricultural crops suffered great losses. Poultry and livestock were washed away. Right now, Iloilo is in dire need of help. The displaced and homeless populations immediately need food, clothing, water, shelter and medicines. Our infrastructure facilities need to be repaired and rehabilitated. The victims would also need livelihood assistance to start their lives again. As governor of the Province of Iloilo, I appeal to the various sectors, the non-governmental organizations, concerned government agencies, foreign donors, friends and benefactors to help rebuild Iloilo. Through the indomitable spirit and strength of our people, the Province of Iloilo, with your full support, will help rebuild itself. Mabuhay Ang Mga Ilonggo

Sad reunion. Father cried so hard as he finally saw his son
after being swifted by the flash flood.


Nowadays, our climate is not really in a good, predictable condition. What’s happening in our country now? Many people suffer the effects of “typhoon”. It is one reason why we are considered victim. Typhoon suddenly attacks our environment. After that, results are hard to accept but then we cannot bring back what we had in the past.

However, even if it is just only typhoon, many people suffer. Countless died. In order for us to build a better future, we shouldn’t hesitate to help, even if it’s just a small support. Always think positive because it will solve everything what we experienced.

Faith in God is the best way to recover. Typhoon Ondoy is a disaster that we cannot forget, even until we die. As an individual, we must be responsible for ourselves; even if typhoon isn’t here yet. Everyday, we should be aware of what happens in our surroundings.

I want to tell everybody that typhoon is just like of our self. We cannot know when we are going to die and we cannot know too when typhoon comes. It is a part of our life. As we are living in this world, problems will continue to haunt but we must be productive. No one can survive, if there aren’t struggles.


Maria Elena Paterno. The typhoon all about tropical cyclones. City Library. 1990
Fergus J. Wood. The encyclopedia Americana. 1984
Www.typhoonfrank .com. 2008


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