What is being told me are just assumptions that the Doppler Radar station of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in Bato, Catanduanes (aka “Virac Radar”) was destroyed following the onslaught of Typhoon Nina (Nock-Ten) last Christmas.
It’s almost a month since the typhoon, and yet there’s no official news on the radar station’s fate from PAGASA or anything. Not even low-resolution photos of it, nor ANY SINGLE WORD from PAGASA or the local government.
In comparison, the destruction of the newly-built Guiuan Radar station in 2013 by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) was made known to public a week after the typhoon struck Samar and Leyte provinces.
The destruction of the Basco Radar last year by Typhoon Ferdie (Meranti) was also made known within the week after the storm’s onslaught.
It is understood, that the destruction in Catanduanes was so dire, that the local government feared that it would take months before even electricity was restored in the province.
But the eerie silence of PAGASA about the fate of the Doppler Radar in Catanduanes is startling.