.. About 12 airports were closed ..

Molten Metal
By Molten Metal

.. About 12 airports were closed ..

Super-typhoon Haiyan - thought to be the strongest recorded storm ever to hit land - barrelled through the Philippines yesterday with winds up to 315 kilometres an hour and waves as high as 5m.

The category 5 storm, which made landfall at dawn yesterday on Samar island in the central Philippines, blew westward in a devastating streak across a number of islands, including Leyte, Cebu, Bohol and Negros, where it brought down power lines, knocked out communications, caused landslides and left streets flooded.

Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated and thousands more fled their homes as Haiyan tore apart buildings and left whole provinces without power or communications. Experts predicted “catastrophic damage” as a result of the super-typhoon, whose speeds at landfall of 315km an hour and gusts of up to 380km an hour were faster than the previous strongest tropical cyclone, Hurricane Camille, which was recorded in the US at 305km an hour in 1969.

Official reports indicated that three people had been killed after being struck by power lines, another by lightning and possibly one more by a falling tree.

But the final toll is expected to climb much higher as so many affected areas were cut off, said Mathias Eick, of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (Echo) in Manila.

“In our previous experience with similar storms, because the Philippines are comprised of many islands and many isolated communities, often the statistics show a very low human toll (at first) but then within 24 or 48 hours the numbers just take off,” he added.

“We’re talking about a storm where two-thirds of the whole area of the Philippines was directly affected - not entirely by the eye of the storm but by a very large area - and with many isolated communities on smaller islands or living in mountainous areas, it takes some time for the authorities, Red Cross and volunteers to collate the information.”

About 12 airports were closed - including those in the tourist islands of Palawan and Boracay - and schools and offices shut, with roughly 1mn people in shelters scattered around 29 provinces.

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By BOXBE16DOBARA• 5 years 3 months ago.
BOXBE16DOBARA

VERY Good...10million is big amount...salute to this great man

By Janneeyy03• 5 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
Janneeyy03

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/uae-announces-10m-in-support-for-typhoon-hit-philippines-1.1253495#.Un-MH-ZN03M.facebook

Thank you thank you Sheikh Khalifa

By gerarra• 5 years 3 months ago.
gerarra

very heart-breaking... and it's more painful when you're far away from your motherland. Even if I am not affected by the typhoon, I can feel the pain of my fellow countrymen, the saddest part is, holiday season is coming and this is the worst gift they would ever receive.

By Janneeyy03• 5 years 3 months ago.
Janneeyy03

it's sickening.. i think i am going crazy :(

By britexpat• 5 years 3 months ago.
britexpat

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2494635/Philippines-super-typhoon-Haiyan-powerful-storm-history.html

Heart wrenching ..

By BOXBE16DOBARA• 5 years 3 months ago.
BOXBE16DOBARA

Innalilah wa inna ilahi rajihoon

By Janneeyy03• 5 years 3 months ago.
Janneeyy03

I wasn't able to sleep last night, i'm seeing the storm surge every time i close my eyes.

By gerarra• 5 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
gerarra

can reach up to 10,000 dead. May God bless the Philippines.

By britexpat• 5 years 3 months ago.
britexpat

The death toll may run into many thousands - May they rest in peace

By Janneeyy03• 5 years 3 months ago.
Janneeyy03

Estimated 1200 are found dead early this morning.

By wirehead• 5 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
wirehead

unfortunately, many of them didn't. there are reports now of around 100 bodies swept to the streets of tacloban city by the storm surge. it wasn't the rain itself, it's the huge waves of water from the sea that the storm brought with it.

the videos of streets turning into rivers are quite scary.

for those who want to help, you may do so by donating to the red cross:

http://www.redcross.org.ph/donatenow

By britexpat• 5 years 3 months ago.
britexpat

May the affected stay safe

By mariaelizabeth• 5 years 3 months ago.
mariaelizabeth

My prayers and thoughts to all my Kababayans. And thanks be to God for keeping my family safe during the typhoon.

A very pleasant morning to you all!

By BOXBE16DOBARA• 5 years 3 months ago.
BOXBE16DOBARA

Innalilah wa inna ilahi rajihoon

By Janneeyy03• 5 years 3 months ago.
Janneeyy03

oh yeah, i just googled it.

By muhammad yasir siddiqui• 5 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
muhammad yasir siddiqui

May Allah Help all those who Got effected...

By redfranks• 5 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
redfranks

Dear, the typhoon came from abroad with the international name "Haiyan" and when it entered PAR, it became Yolanda. Hope this clarifies all.

By Janneeyy03• 5 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Janneeyy03

No storm/typhoon can ever break the Filipino spirit, we've been there many many times. But yesterday's YOLANDA (not Haiyan fyi) was the strongest as per the record.

By gerarra• 5 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
gerarra

To all my friends, loved ones and fellow countrymen back home, my prayers are with you. Be strong. We, Filipinos, have been here before so many times, we will get back and stand up. Keep your spirit high. God is always with us.

By Molten Metal• 5 years 3 months ago.
Molten Metal

My prayers are with those who got affected ..... Sat, 09.11.2013, 06.03 hrs ....

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