After hitting Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces, Typhoon Pablo crossed the southern and central regions of Mindanao, cutting power to two provinces and triggering landslides. More than 170,000 people fled to evacuation centers. Initially, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council advised the people of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro to prepare for the impact of the storm, as they did not want to repeat what happened last year when Sendong struck in Mindanao, which had hit when people were asleep and had caused a large number of deaths. In the aftermath of the typhoon, the sights in the Davao region were devastating. Countless bodies were found lifeless, houses were destroyed, trees were uprooted, and those people who were still breathing were just terrified.
We could only imagine the pain and misery that the victims of typhoon Pablo went through as they struggled for their survival. We could only think of the grief that they felt upon seeing their loved ones dead and their properties ruined. A week after typhoon Pablo pounded Visayas and Mindanao, the most affected communities have yet to start picking up the pieces and starting reconstruction. Davao Oriental provinces bore the effect of the typhoons fury. While Compostela Valley, where the highest death tolls recorded, rescuers continue to search for survivors. Typhoon Pablo has left 1,300 people either dead or missing and is estimated to have caused PHP 14 billion in damages to infrastructure and agriculture.