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The biggest typhoon ever recorded slammed into the Philippines

  • Written by Andrew Martin
  • Published in Asia

“195 mile per hour winds, there aren’t too many buildings constructed that can withstand that kind of wind”, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director at the private firm Weather Underground, describing the force of the typhoon Hayan, which slammed into the Philippines. This is one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded and it is estimated to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded at landfall.

More than 125,000 people had been evacuated from towns and villages. President Benigno Aquino III communicated to population that officials made war like preparation having ready to action three C-130 air force cargo planes, 32 military helicopters and 20 navy ships. Any intervention is however not possible during the typhoon’s action. In the province of Cebu the electric service was shut down to avoid electrocutions in case power pylons are toppled. Communications are not possible in the most parts of the country. Roofing sheets and building debris flies everywhere. This is the 24th biggest storm in the Philippines this year and it is expected to remain in the area until Sunday. After, the typhoon will blow toward the South China tea heading toward Vietnam.

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