Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Philippines Start to Evacuate Residents Amid Fears of Powerful Typhoon

The Philippines have started to evacuate residents of coastal villages and landslide-prone communities following warnings of typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to hit the central part of the country, Reuters said.
 Typhoon Hagupit, which translates “lash” from Filipino, is currently near the Palau islands, but is expected to hit the eastern Philippines after picking up more strength – Hagupit’s winds are expected to reach up to 140 km per hour and gusts more than 170 km per hour.

“Definitely we will now strictly enforce forced evacuation,” said vice-mayor of Tacloban City in Central Philippines Jerry Yaokasin, as quoted by Reuters. “We have no more excuse, we have gone through Yolanda, and to lose that many lives, it’s beyond our conscience already”.

Last year, Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,000 people dead or missing. Tacloban City was almost entirely flattened, accounting for nearly half of the dead, Reuters reported.
***le super typhon Haiyan


  1. Terrified survivors of a supertyphoon that killed thousands in the Philippines last year were preparing for a powerful new storm on Wednesday as authorities scrambled to find safe evacuation centers....

    Typhoon Hagupit was building strength in the Pacific Ocean as it moved toward central Philippine islands where impoverished farming and fishing communities have yet to recover from the previous devastation.

    In Tacloban, one of the cities worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan 13 months ago, residents cleared shop shelves of canned food, candles, diapers and other essentials well ahead of Hagupit’s forecast landfall on Saturday.

    “It’s not raining yet, but people are panic-buying after hearing about the typhoon warnings on television and radio,” said Helen Buena, a clerk at a small supermarket in Tacloban. “They’re taking goods by the dozen, two dozen.”

    Hundreds of thousands of people still live in vulnerable coastal areas of Tacloban and other areas that were ravaged by Haiyan, which killed or left missing more than 7,350 people...................

  2. About half a million people have fled coastal villages and evacuated their homes in the Philippines as a powerful storm approaches the archipelago...

    Typhoon Hagupit, which weakened slightly on Friday night, is due to make landfall on Saturday evening.

    It is on course for the Eastern and Northern Samar provinces and the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.

    It has weakened slightly but gusts are still peaking at 195km/h (120mph).

    Thousands of passengers were left stranded after Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific cancelled more than 150 flights to the central and southern Philippines on Friday and Saturday, and sea travel services were suspended.
    'Massive scale'

    The BBC's Jonathan Head in the capital Manila said the Philippines was experiencing one of its largest ever peacetime evacuations.

    He said people were being moved to higher ground and into more solid buildings such as churches, schools and sports stadiums.

    However, no-one is sure where the worst affected places will be because typhoons change direction and intensity, our correspondent adds..................

  3. Más de medio millón de evacuados en Filipinas a causa del supertifón Hagupit ...

    Más de 616.500 personas han sido evacuadas en Filipinas de las zonas amenazadas por el avance del supertifón Hagupit (Ruby), según el informe más reciente del Consejo Nacional para la Reducción y el Control de Desastres (NDRRMC, por sus siglas en inglés).

    El tifón, cuyo centro se encuentra a 240 km al noreste de Borongan, capital de la provincia de Sámar Oriental, presenta vientos sostenidos de 195 km/h con ráfagas de hasta 230 km/h.

    En la noche del sábado o en la madrugada del domingo podría tocar tierra en la isla de Sámar, situada en el centro de las Filipinas, con olas de tres a cuatro metros.

    Más de 150 vuelos aéreos se han cancelado y en los puertos se han visto atrapadas unas 2.500 personas a la espera de que se reanuden las comunicaciones marítimas.

    Una veintena de tormentas y tifones azotan Filipinas cada año durante la temporada de lluvias, de junio a diciembre. Los mayores estragos los causó en noviembre de 2013 el supertifón Haiyán (Yolanda) que mató a unas 6.300 personas, destruyó 1,1 millones de casas y dejó sin hogar a cuatro millones de filipinos. Más de mil personas se dan por desaparecidas hasta ahora.


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