Pagasa replaces names of typhoons Yolanda, Labuyo, Santi

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

MANILA -- The state weather bureau has replaced the names of typhoons Santi, Labuyo and Yolanda in the list of cyclone names due to their severe impact.

Tropical cyclones Santi, Labuyo, and Yolanda surpassed the storm name’s retirement criteria of 300 deaths or P1-billion worth of damage in crops and infrastructure, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Labuyo pummeled northern Luzon in August last year, leaving P1.419-billion worth of damage to properties.

Santi slammed northern Luzon in October, leaving damage to property amounting to P3.287 billion and 15 deaths.

Damage caused by Typhoon Santi in Bulacan, Philippines
Residents stand outside their damaged house after Typhoon Santihit San Miguel town in Bulacan province on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP)

Yolanda, considered as the world’s strongest cyclone in 2013, left more than 6,000 people dead and P36.69-billion damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

Coconut trees tore by Typhoon Yolanda
In this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, toppled coconut trees block a road in an area devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte province, central Philippines. (AP)

The typhoon names "Salome," "Lannie," and "Yasmin" will replace the names "Santi," "Labuyo," and "Yolanda," said Pagasa weather division chief Robert Sawi.

Meanwhile, the 10 latest typhoon names retired by Pagasa were:

* Pablo (2012) - replaced by Pepito
* Sendong (2011) - replaced by Sarah
* Pedring (2011) - replaced by Perla
* Mina (2011) - replaced by Marilyn
* Juaning (2011) - replaced by Jenny
* Bebeng (2011) - replaced by Betty
* Juan (2010) - replaced by Jose
* Pepeng (2009) - replaced by Paolo
* Ondoy (2009) - replaced by Odette
* Cosme (2008) - replaced by Carina

Pagasa released early this year the list of names of tropical cyclones for 2014.

Two cyclones -- Agaton and Basyang -- have entered the country this year.

The other code names that will be used this year are Caloy, Domeng, Ester, Florita, Glenda, Henry, Inday, Juan, Katring, Luis, Mario, Neneng, Ompong, Paeng, Queenie, Ruby, Seniang, Tomas, Usman, Venus, Waldo, Yayang and Zeny. (PNA)

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