How about moving to a safer place though?Well, think about it. I have advised people for years that there is no “safe place” on the face of the earth. Let’s look at the Philippines and see if any region is safe:
- Luzon, the biggest island in the country, which is the northern region of the Philippines. Luzon gets more typhoons than any other part of the Philippines. Each and every year, many typhoons hit Luzon. Mostly, the typhoons are not so big, but they cause a lot of flooding. Usually, though, once or twice per year a big storm will hit. I’m not talking about a Super Typhoon like we saw recently, but a storm big enough to cause many deaths in the region. So, is Luzon safe from typhoons? Hardly.
- Visayas, this region is the central part of the Philippines, and consists of many smaller islands (in comparison). The Visayas, as we just saw, is prone, very prone to getting typhoons too. The Visayas gets a lot fewer typhoons than Luzon does, no doubt on that. But, when a typhoon does hit the Visayas region it is often a big one. I remember back in 1990, not long after I married Feyma, she was studying in Cebu and a big typhoon went through. It wiped out the bridge between Cebu and Mactan, and caused a lot of damage. Yolanda just showed us what can happen. So, is the Visayas safe from typhoons? Again, hardly.
- Mindanao, the large island that makes up the southernmost region of the Philippines. This is the island where I live, in Davao City. Mindanao is less prone to typhoons, and if you locate in the southern part of Mindanao, you probably won’t ever see a typhoon strike you. Northern Mindanao gets a few typhoons from time to time, but not every year, though. Southern Mindanao has never been struck by a typhoon. But, there are other problems to be aware of. Most people are scared of Mindanao because of things like political unrest, kidnappings and such. I don’t find these things to be very widespread. I have lived in Southern Mindanao for coming up on 14 years now, and have never had a problem. But, I will save that argument for another day. Is Mindanao safe from typhoons? Largely, the answer is yes, but not completely safe (Mindanao has been hit with two large typhoons in the past 3 years). Is Mindanao a safe place to live? Most people would say that it is not. Most people who have lived here for the long term, though, would say that it is relatively safe.