Philippines: With Covid-19 in the picture, how is Tacloban preparing for typhoons?

Source(s): Rappler Inc.

By Jene-Anne Pangue

Tacloban City, known as Yolanda's "ground zero," was the most devastated city. The super typhoon left more than 6,000 people dead and brought massive damage when it battered Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013.

The city has since learned its lesson, having refined its disaster preparedness practices in a bid to stop the city from buckling, even from future super typhoons.


Among its lessons from Super Typhoon Yolanda was the importance of early evacuation.


This is just one of the challenges posed by the pandemic to local government units that have to juggle both disaster preparedness for typhoons and the COVID-19 pandemic.


The challenges posed by the pandemic reverberate across the city. To juggle typhoon and pandemic response, disaster officer Bernadas shared that some of its manpower has also been assigned to help in the COVID-19 response and would be put on call when a typhoon strikes.

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