Palau: Typhoon Bopha Situation Report No. 1 (as of 3 December 2012)
Typhoon Bopha passed south of the larger islands of the Palau archipelago early this morning, with winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour. Initial reports suggest that the nation’s capital, Koror, escaped significant damage. Information on damage outside Koror is slowly coming in but more is expected tomorrow, 4 December, when assessment teams deploy. The typhoon is moving away from Palau in a westnorthwest track in the direction of the Philippines.
• The southern shift of TC Bopha on Sunday saved many islands from a direct hit and reduced the expected damage to Palau.
• No casualties have been reported
• Most affected areas include southern islands of Angaur and Peleliu and eastern coast of main island, Babeldaob.
• Residence began returning home from the evacuation centers this afternoon.
• Assessment teams being deployed and aerial reconnaissance considered for 4 December.
• The Government is waiting for Initial Damage Assessments to be undertaken before making a decision on declaration of a disaster
• Members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Donors, IOM and other international organizations in the region are on standby to support Palau authorities if needed.
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