Typhoon Haiyan to devastate nine quake-affected regions of Philippines

Published on : Wednesday, November 6, 2013

stormNine regions of the Philippines are likely to be hit by Typhoon Haiyan, a category 4 hurricane. The areas include the quake-devastated Bohol province which is already under blue alert.

Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Central, Eastern and Western Visayas, Bicol region, Southern Tagalog region, and Metro Manila, Bohol are all the nine areas under blue alert where a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake devastated the area in the middle of October killing more than 200.

The Philippine, Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the weather disturbance will not affect the country within the next 36 hours.

Haiyan will hit super typhoon category status before making landfall according to a forecast of the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

The storm is said to move at 185 kilometers per hour for at least 12 hours and has been classified with signal no. 4 strength.

The storm is likely to damage coconut plantations, uproot many large trees, will cause severe loss to rice and corn plantations, There will be severe damage to most residences and buildings of mixed construction, severe disruption of electrical power distribution and communication services, heavy overall damage will affected communities.

There will be widespread torrential rain along with strong damaging winds, possibly leaving massive destruction to lives, infrastructure and livestock. Life-threatening flash floods are highly possible.

Typhoon Haiyan will be stronger and more devastating than Utor said meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.

Philippines have been affected by three major typhoons in 2013, Nari, Utor and Krosa. Haiyan is the only one which is headed towards central Philippines while others crossed Philippines via Luzon.

Residents along the eastern coast of southern Luzon and Samar islands are being advised to brace for a possible and “severe and inundating storm surge.”

Special rescue measures are being designed for people living in the earthquake stricken Bohol area who are working round the clock to ensure safety for all the residents of the area.

The provincial government is rushing the distribution of additional tents and other relief goods for those who are still staying in open spaces in makeshift tents. All municipal mayors are under orders to conduct pre-emptive evacuation of residents still staying near river banks and mountain slopes as the rains could trigger landslides and flooding.

Tropical storm Wilma has already flooded Bohol with heavy rains. Several areas have been evacuated.

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