Typhoon Bopha Takes Detour — Palau Is Spared

Palau Travel & Dive Photolog

Update to this story: Dec 3, 2012

While much of Palau faired well from Typhoon Bopha, a few of the villages on the eastern side of the archipelago were hit extremely hard. On Palau’s largest island of Babeldoab, the tidal surges caused by Typhoon Bopha devastated areas of Ngiwal Ngaraard’s Ngkeklau village. Ngkeklau’s residents are without power, water and communication. Many have lost their homes, which were ripped from their foundations and transported elsewhere.

December 3, 2012
Oceania TV News

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…

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