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World's strongest Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) kills 4,000 in Philippines!


The world's most powerful typhoon this year is expected to cross the central Philippines as a very powerful typhoon. The JTWC has analyzed Haiyan to be the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide since reliable records began, with one-minute maximum sustained winds estimated at 315 km/h (195 mph) with gusts up to 362 km/h (235 mph). Updates below.

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Update 02:55 UTC, 2013/11/15
-The city hall is reporting 4,000 fatalities now. However the NDRRMC has placed the death toll at 2,360, with 3,853 others reported injured and 77 missing.
-The NDRRMC said Yolanda destroyed 136,247 houses and damaged 117,802 others.
-Following Philippine Energy Official, it will take six weeks to restore power to typhoon zone.

An aerial view of Tanauan,Leyta shows signs for help and food amid destruction left by typhoon Yolanda (Source AP/Wally Santana).

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Update 16:20 UTC
-As of 07:00 PM, 10 November 2013, NDRCC is reporting 229 fatalities, 45 injured and 28 still missing.
-A total of PhP138,552,546.55 worth of damages to infrastructure and agriculture has been reported.
-Around 600,000 people have been evacuated in Vietnam.Typhoon Haiyan new path predicts it to make landfall south of Hanoi on Monday morning local time.
-At least six people on board a cargo vessel have been missing in Hainan province of China, Xinhua reported. More than 200 flights at Hainan's airports have been cancelled or delayed.

Update 05:15 UTC
The death toll from Philippines Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) could reach 10,000, Philippines official said. Latest report comes from Regional police chief Elmer Soria quoting Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla.

Update 11/10/2013; 01:40 UTC
-There are varying estimates of the number of fatalities, including at least 1,200 according to the Philippines Red Cross. However, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is reporting 151 fatalities, 23 injured and five others missing.

 Below is the updates issued by NDRCC at 06:00 A.M. November 10, 2013.



-New Zealand and Australia have donated an immediate US$490,000 towards relief efforts in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. More disaster relief materials are coming in. A large UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has been deployed in the disaster area.
-The storm is predicted to hit central Vietnam and the port city of Da Nang today. More than 2,00,000 people have evacuated to shelters.
-Similarly, a level three emergency response has been issued in China to prevent damage from the approaching Typhoon Haiyan,the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said.

Typhoon damage as seen in an airport in Tacloban, Philippines (Source: AP Photo/Aaron Favila).

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Residents waving for help after their houses being destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan (Source: REUTERS/Leo Solinap).

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Update 03:25 UTC
-CNN is reporting more than 100 bodies in streets of Tacloban quoting the aviation authority official.
-According to the Philippine Coast Guard, around 3,398 people are stranded on multiple watercraft.
-Typhoon Haiyan is believed to be 3.5 times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina.

Below are some photos of damages caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Facebook/Ormoc City, Leyte).

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Typhoon Haiyan damage in the Philippine island province of Cebu.

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A house in Legazpi, Philippines engulfed by storm surge.

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Update 2013/11/09; 02:20 UTC
GMA, Philippines based news network is reporting at least 56 fatalities. Fatalities are from Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte.
Two towns in Iloilo province have declared a state of calamity due to damages caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
As of 12 a.m. Saturday (Philippines time), the center of Haiyan was located 100 kms west-northwest of Coron, Palawan moving west-northwest at 35 kph. Typhoon Haiyan is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Below are some you tube videos of damage caused by Typhoon Haiyanby GMA News Network.







Update 13:40 UTC
-According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, death toll from Haiyan has risen to three. Fatalities are from Masbate and Zamboanga City. Typhoon also injured seven people, six in Guimaras and one in Zamboanga City.
-The China National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC) has issued a yellow warning for very high seas and monster waves.
-Haiyan is the 30th and strongest typhoon to hit China this year. It is expected to enter the South China Sea in two days, Xinhua reported.

Photo below from Bacolod City shows Mayor Monico O. Puentevella supervising the clearing operation (Source: Inquirer.net/Paul Castillo).

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Update 04:38 UTC
Haiyan has made fifth landfall over Concepcion, Iloilo. By Saturday evening, Haiyan is predicted to be at 934 km West Northwest of Coron, Palawan, or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Update 04:25 UTC
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has suspended work in Metro Manila courts. The suspension order covers the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan and the lower courts, Inquirer News reported.

Update 04:05 UTC
Below is a table containing Typhoon Haiyan highest predicted storm surge and tide (3 & 3+). The model by project NOAH covers 12:00mn of 6 November 2013 to 12:00mn of 10 November 2013 (UTC).

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Update 03:45 UTC
Super Typhoon Haiyan has already made third landfall on Friday morning over the northern tip of Cebu province. According to PAGASA, Haiyan will make a fourth landfall over Negros Occidental. PAGASA expects Haiyan to hit land six times as it crosses islands.

Update 03:25 UTC
-The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported  the first fatality from super typhoon Haiyan. The 56-year-old man killed after an electric post fell on him in Lingig town, Surigao del Sur
-According to the Philippine Coast Guard, there are  2,995 stranded passengers at various ports due to Typhoon Yolanda.

Below is the speech of President Benigno S. Aquino III on Super Typhoon 'Yolanda'. He has appealed for cooperation to minimize impact of Typhoon 'Yolanda' (PTV PH).



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The world's most powerful typhoon this year is expected to cross the central Philippines as a very powerful typhoon.

Haiyan, which means petrel in Chinese, is one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record.

In Philippine, the President has already requested the military to deploy planes and helicopters to the region expected to be affected.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), local governments has evacuated several families in danger areas and suspended classes.

Super Typhoon Haiyan pounded Palau and parts of Micronesia early Thursday morning.

The JTWC has analyzed Haiyan to be the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide since reliable records began, with one-minute maximum sustained winds estimated at 315 km/h (195 mph) with gusts up to 362 km/h (235 mph).

Original post: Natural Disasters List November 7, 2013