The Aftermath of Typhoon Pepeng (Typhoon Parma)

After Typhoon Ondoy devastated my country, another typhoon ravaged the northern part of the Philippines, leaving behind more destruction.

The good news was Typhoon Pepeng (International Name: Parma) skipped the capital and those areas ravaged by Typhoon Ondoy entirely. The bad (worse) news is that it completely devastated the northern part of the Philippines, dumped so much rainwater and stayed for more than 10 days in that part of the country, providing no let-up to the people living in those premises.

When Typhoon Pepeng entered the country, its maximum sustained winds were only 130 kph and gustiness was only up to 160 kph. However, when it made landfall, it was already packing winds of more than 180 kph and was already classified as a super typhoon. It missed the capital and the other regions previously visited by Typhoon Ondoy (although rains and winds were also felt there) and went north instead where it stayed for almost 2 weeks. The typhoon would have exited much much earlier if not for the passing through of another typhoon (Typhoon Quedan – International Name: Typhoon Melor). This third typhoon did not make landfall but its entrance resulted into the return of Typhoon Pepeng (the Fujiwara effect) to Northern Luzon, resulting to more floods and devastation.

Courtesy of www.inquirer.net
Courtesy of www.inquirer.net

Pepeng’s Damage

Although it did not hit the metropolis, the damage wrought by Typhoon Pepeng is no less (actually it’s much worse) than the damage brought about by Typhoon Ondoy. The following are just some of these damages that were gleaned from the newspapers and the Internet:

  • Areas Affected: Pangasinan, Tarlac, BenguetProvince, Ilocos Region, Baguio, MountainProvince and the Cordillera Region.
  • Death Toll: Official death count is 198 people with 46 missing. But unofficial count is already around 250 with more expected to be added in the coming days.
  • Typhoon Pepeng dumped one of the heaviest rains recorded, heavier than the rainwater dumped by Typhoon Ondoy. The resulting floods reached as high as the rooftop of several houses plus turned into rivers or bodies of water the rice fields (agriculture is the major industry in the areas hardest hit by Pepeng) and destroyed several roads and highways.
  • Landslides. These did not happen with Typhoon Ondoy. But since Typhoon Pepeng hovered on a mountainous region, rain-induced landslides subsequently followed, burying villages, homes, rice fields and people. In fact, majority of the deaths did not happen due to the rain or flood but due to the landslides.
  • Destroyed infrastructure. Other than landslides, fast-flowing water destroyed the major roads in the region, rendering part of them impassable to vehicles of any kind. Waiting sheds were completely destroyed while the cemented road was divided as if an earthquake passed through. Although part of the road can still be used, this is not enough for the kind of traffic that flows in and out of the area, thus also resulting to heavy traffic.
  • More floods expected. The amount of rain water dumped by Typhoon Pepeng was too much for the dams located within the areas affected. As a result, and to avoid damaging the dams, water has been released from these dams, further aggravating the situation. The release of such water was also partly blamed for the resulting flood. As of the writing of this hub, it is projected that 4 more dams will still be releasing their waters within the day and the coming days.

The San Roque Dam releasing water (courtesy of www.inquirer.net)
The San Roque Dam releasing water (courtesy of www.inquirer.net)

Although the people were better prepared this time, the amount of rain water and the resulting floods were more than what was expected. As a result, rescue operations and the transport of relief goods were delayed. In some areas, rubber boats and equipment to be used for the rescue could not get through because of the flood and the strong current from the release of the dam water. Although it was already declared that Typhoon Pepeng is already on its way out of the country, the damage it left behind is so vast that relief operations and the resulting rehabilitation are by no means easy tasks for anybody. Such damage will certainly not be easily forgotten.

Final Note:

With two typhoons battering my country in the span of two weeks, the resulting damage is something that we have never seen in our entire lives. Hopefully we will recover from this as we seem to have always recovered from any catastrophe that came our way. The next stop will be to analyze why these things happen and how to avoid such from happening again in the future. Hopefully, the analysis will not degenerate into name-calling and finger-pointing but will result to a realistic and holistic plan to avoid a repeat of the same devastation in the future.

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Carol the Writer 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow. I am in Houston and we have hurricanes, so I know how bad that can be. Great hub and really great videos. - Carol


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your great informative hub. Living in Europe one can't even to be begin to imagine what you are going through.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Carol and Hello.


HealthTip 7 years ago

Was worried about Chris A and was glad to hear from Am I Dead Yet that he was ok albeit he lost a lot. Great hub my friend and again it shows just how we at times have no control of our worlds weather. I just hope nobody else loses their lives, my thoughts like everyones are with them, take care !


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Art. Yup Cris A is okay but he was one of those who live in one of the areas most battered by the floods. I think he lost a lot though I hope none of his family members perished in that flood.


keira7 7 years ago

Good hub Emievil. Take care. xx


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks keira.


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sarovai 7 years ago

emievil, natural diasters always uncontrollable.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Yes. Thanks sarovai.


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GoldiString 7 years ago

Few days ago, my colleague here was crying as she received the last text message from her family. They were already on the rooftop of their house, rain kept pouring and water was still rising. The only thing we could do here was pray and wait. The waiting part was killing her - to know whether they were rescued or .... got drowned in the flood. We heard from them the next day, they were relocated safely. Emie, we say a thankful prayer for lives saved and lost.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

GoldiString, I can't imagine receiving such a message and knowing there's nothing you can do but hope and pray. Thank goodness your friend's family is okay. I felt the same way when I heard from all of my siblings and my relatives that they're okay during Ondoy. I don't know what I'll do if something happened to any of them. Thanks for dropping by GoldiString and leaving a comment.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

I told yah emievil... hehehe... thanks for sharing... but the damage brought by this typhoon is indeed saddening and disturbing... those folks in baguio who has dead member of the family would try to swap their produce (veggies) for coffin tsk tsk tsk... hayz...


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Yes, Typhoon Pepeng is even worse than Ondoy. They're asking for donations in terms of coffins and the volunteers are not doctors or nurses but embalmers. It's heartbreaking to see all those dead people lined up inside body bags and their living relatives don't know how to bury them properly. Good thing you weren't affected. Or were you? You did not tell us if you were in those areas affected.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

I was in the areas that is affected, but the damage wasn't that huge though, but in some areas the flood could engulf a house hayz...


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Good thing you weren't affected. I watched the TV everytime there was a news update and the news / pictures were not really good. It was even worse than Ondoy!


philip carey 61 7 years ago

I've seen, like many, the dramatic pictures of the Typhoon's wake. I pray that the people get the help they need in rebuilding their lives.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for your kind words and praying for my countrymen Philip.


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GoldiString 7 years ago

Hi again Emie. I read this headline in one tabloid here: "This is a pretty miserable situation but why people keep smiling, i dont know." - This is so Pinoy- the ability to laugh and smile despite it all. And this one : printed on a t-shirt: Where i am from- everyone's a hero. - nice, proud to be Pinoy. Yesterday, me and my friends dropped packages (used clothings) at LBC. A little help for our fellow countrymen. It's not enough but it will help for now.

@Philip- thanks for the prayers.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi GoldiString, that's a Pinoy, ever smiling even in the face of a disaster =). That's a nice t-shirt by the way. I think it's the fact that people are helping a lot of our countrymen (like you and your friends) that has us smiling here. Thanks.


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upal19 7 years ago from Dhaka

Thanks for those pictures.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for reading my hub upal19.


tiffany and co 7 years ago

Where i am from-


karl 7 years ago

sus... lakas ni pepeng tlga... thanks for nice report...

sana wala ng ganyang bagyog dumating d2 s PINAS^_^V


karl 7 years ago

sus... lakas ni pepeng tlga... thanks for nice report...

sana wala ng ganyang bagyog dumating d2 s PINAS^_^V


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Lee Thacker 7 years ago

I like the way your brain thinks, makes me feel alive listening to what your thinking, very cool...Keep it up ...PS Now I Know Why I bookmarked your page ;-) ...Hope you are doing well,


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Karl. Sana nga wala pero wishful thinking lang yan. Babagyuhin at babagyuhin pa rin tayo.

Lee, wow, thanks for bookmarking my page :).


Jimmie 6 years ago

guys you know that's my assignment here in Philippines Thank by the way


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RalphGreene 5 years ago

Excellent hub! You organized your words very well.

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