Unlike last year, preparations for Typhoon Bopha (locally named “Pablo”) were made days ahead.
Reports stating that Bopha is much stronger than Washi (“Sendong”) was enough for local residents in the city to be better prepared. As Bopha was approaching Mindanao, tarpaulins and other billboards were removed or taken down as shown below.
As Bopha made landfall in Davao Oriental, sirens from policemen on motorbikes sounded in probably every barangay in the city warning of forced evacuation.
Trucks for the forced evacuation were already in place.
Before noon, almost every shop in the city is already closed.
Meanwhile, authorities at City Tourism Hall were constantly monitoring the storm and other coordinated efforts in various evacuation centers.
Vice Mayor Ian Acenas and Engr. Elpie Paras…the partnership between the government and the private sector further enhanced the preparatory efforts for the storm.
As usual, onlookers crowd the bridge to monitor and take pictures of the rising river.
PAG-ASA reports that the eye of the storm was already 40 kilometers west of Cagayan de Oro, meaning it has already passed the urban center but its tail end is battering the city’s hinterlands. Heavy rains begin to fall.
The other marking used for monitoring was the “BE HONEST” sign on the dike of the COA Office in Carmen.
As Bopha was already going west northwest towards Negros, tributaries of Cagayan de Oro River begin to drain into the main waterbody and water level begins to rise as shown.
The river swelled but forced evacuation had already been undertaken early in the day.
…and this mining barge was carried by currents along Iponan River and got stuck at Bulao Bridge…