Super Typhoon Rai killed dozens and produced big damage in Philippines

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, the most powerful storm to hit the Philippines this year, sustaining winds of up to 195 kilometers (120 miles) an hour, killed at least 31 and left three million people without electricity into the country’s southeastern islands as the nation prepares for Christmas. Rescue operations are now under way in the devastated regions. The island of Siargao was “totally devastated” according officials. “[W]e have lost our homes. Walls and roofs were torn and blown off…. We have a dwindling supply of food and water. Electricity and telecommunications are down. This is why we urgently and humbly ask for everyone’s help.” What makes this storm so significant is the power it sustained as it moved across nine different land masses in the Southern Philippines. The Philippine Red Cross called Rai a “monster storm.” They also linked it to the climate change, predicting others „more ferocious” in the future. Nearly 100,000 people fled their homes or where evacuated in advance of the storm.

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Scores of flights have been canceled and dozens of ports temporarily closed, stranding some 4,000 passengers and ferry and cargo ship workers. The national government has placed on standby food and non-food supplies worth an estimated $6.6m. A COVID-19 vaccination drive has also been suspended in some parts of the country due to the typhoon. leaves the Philippines over the South China Sea and head toward Vietnam.