Typhoon Bopha Takes Detour — Palau Is Spared

Posted on by Oceania TV News

By Kassi Berg

In what seems a miracle of mercy, Palau has been spared the full wrath of Typhoon Bopha.  While it wailed and howled and sent piercing noises through the trees and outside of our windows, at the very last minute the Typhoon turned west and its path jogged south of Palau.  Early reports have the Typhoon passing more than 50 miles south of Koror, the nation’s city-centre.  Surprisingly despite its thunderous whistle, there was very little rain.

Palau After Typhoon Bopha

It is early morning here in Palau and as of yet, it has been difficult to communicate within Palau because the phone lines are down.  The power is also out. Third hand reports tell us that the sea has washed into the shoreline on the east side of Babeldoab and Kayangel.   Many houses on the northeastern coast of Palau’s largest island of Babeldoab have been destroyed completely, but at least two remain.  No reports yet from the islands of Anguar and Peleliu.  Damage assessment is ongoing.

Downtown Koror after Typhoon Bopha

 

We took a drive through downtown Koror.  There were police on loudspeakers telling everyone to go back in their homes and to clear the road.  The police deserve an applaud for their obvious diligence both during the Typhoon — in patrolling the neighborhoods and clearing the roads through the night — and afterwards in trying to keep the public orderly.

History will reflect that on December 3, 2012, Typhoon Bopha grazed Palau.  This storm, like all others, has passed.

4 Responses to Typhoon Bopha Takes Detour — Palau Is Spared

  1. hawngurl says:

    please take more pic. i cant get intouch with my inlaws…and its really killing us….i dont know where they are ….please..

  2. Navigator says:

    Has President Johnston Toribiong said or done anything about this whole ordeal?

    This is on his watch and he and his administration are still on the payroll.

    Rome is burning while Nero plays his fiddle.

  3. mail-70 says:

    please take more pictures and post them …thnx !!! any news from peliliu & angaur ???

  4. Navigator says:

    Thank you all very much, especially for all your prayers and to the Palau police, a special salute of thanks. Thanks to you, OTV.

    We are yet to understand the full extent of the damage but are thankful that Bopha did not follow its initial course.

    Let us keep praying. Thank God. Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts go out to you all, especially those with heavy damage.