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Strong Typhoon hits northern Philippines - Amateur Radio responds

Date : 21 / 10 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

Typhoon Koppu (locally Lando) made landfall in the northern Philippines on Sunday, bringing strong wind, heavy rain, flooding, power outages and the loss of vital infrastructure, as it moved slowly for three days. About 23 people have been killed by the category-four typhoon.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated its HERO (Ham Emergency Radio Operations) Network DX1PAR on 7.095 MHz. Jojo DU1VHY said the HERO Network was requested by the National Telecommunication Commission's Deputy Commissioner, and part of the disaster response. The National Telecommunications Commission coordinated with Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) to monitor affected areas, through their local Amateur Radio associations.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported on the comprehensive response - with many agencies and volunteers including the HERO Network. Philippines President, Benigno S. Aquino III, presided over the pre-disaster preparations - knowing that more heartbreak may come in the following months.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee


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