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Tracking typhoon 'Pablo's' onslaught

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 07:48 AM    Views :

MANILA, Philippines -- Internet search giant Google on Tuesday has set up a crisis map to help Filipinos, especially those in disaster-affected areas, keep track of typhoon "Pablo" (international codename "Bopha").

The tool, which was made through Google Maps, gives real-time updates on the strength of the typhoon and the storm signals being raised in different parts of the country.

The map, which is in English and Filipino, also shows the location of the eye of the typhoon and its track.

It also provides links to emergency hotlines, and the location of all shelters and evacuation facilities in the country.

People can also get information on how to help residents in disaster-prone areas using the Google crisis response page.

Globe users can access the tool for free using Free Zone in their mobile browsers.

Typhoon "Pablo" is the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

It made landfall in the coastal town of Baganga in Davao Oriental on Tuesday morning. Forty-six areas in the country were already placed under storm signals.

Typhoon "Pablo" is projected to move west-northwest at 20 kph, according to PAGASA.


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