Typhoon Yolanda forces Evacuations of Millions of Filipinos

By: DiversityHuman in News

Fearing the devastating effect of the super typhoon Yolanda, thousands of Filipinos decided to move to safer grounds prior to its landfall.

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Before the super typhoon entered the Philippine's area of responsibility, it was predicted by Meteorologist Eric Leicester of accuweather.com that Yolanda will "bring massive destruction upon landfall." Hence, the President of the Philippines earlier made a public announcement and urged people in Yolanda's path to evacuate "from danger spots, such as river banks, coastal villages and mountain slopes," according to ABS-CBN news.

In Southern Leyte, a rumored tidal wave prompted millions of Filipinos to leave their homes and they headed to evacuation centers to seek refuge. News outlets reported that trees in the coastal areas have fallen due to the powerful winds.

The rise of the seawater was confirmed by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The national weather agency reported that the category-five super typhoon Yolanda whipped up giant waves as high as 4-5 metres (12-15 feet) that lashed the islands of Leyte and Samar, and was on track to carve a path through popular holiday destinations. Millions of Filipinos in nearby islands were forced by the local government to take refuge in storm shelters. Evacuation centers such as grade schools and other government buildings are reportedly packed with evacuees. In addition to the evacuation assistance by the local government organizations, authorities also prohibited ferry services and fishing boats to operate while nearly 200 local flights had been suspended. Commuter bus services were also stopped as the tropical storm poured heavy rain and ripped galvanized iron roofs off buildings and houses.

Moreover, an estimated 2.5 million people living in the Philippines' second-largest city Cebu will experience the powerful winds and heavy rains caused by typhoon Yolanda. But according to reports, the Queen City of the South has already set safety measures and emergency disaster response teams are ready to take actions whenever needed.

Here's the full update from PAGASA as of 10a.m.

Severe Weather Bulletin Number SEVEN
Tropical Cyclone Warning: Typhoon "YOLANDA"(HAIYAN)
Issued at 11:00 a.m., Friday, 08 November 2013
Typhoon "YOLANDA" has made third landfall over Daang Bantayan, Cebu.
Location of Center:
(as of 10:00 a.m.)
over Daang Bantayan, Cebu
Coordinates: 11.28°N, 124.1°E
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and
gustiness of up to 250 kph
Movement: Forecast to move West Northwest at 40 kph
Forecast Positions/Outlook: Saturday morning:
245 km West of Ambulong, Batangas
Saturday afternoon:
743 km West of Subic, Zambales or
outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)
Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal
PSWS # Luzon Visayas Mindanao
Signal No. 4
( >185 kph winds may be expected in at least 12 hours)
Southern Occidental Mindoro
Southern Oriental Mindoro
Romblon
Calamian Group of Island
Masbate
Northern Cebu
Cebu City
Bantayan Island
Northern Negros Occidental
Aklan
Capiz
Antique
Iloilo
Guimaras
None
Signal No.3
(Winds of >100 to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours)
Rest of Occidental Mindoro
Rest of Oriental Mindoro
Burias Island
Sorsogon
Marinduque
Ticao Island
Northern Palawan
Puerto Princesa City
Northern Samar
Eastern Samar
Samar
Leyte
Southern Leyte
Bohol
Rest of Cebu
Negros Oriental
Rest of Negros Occidental
Camotes Island
Biliran Province
Dinagat Province
Signal No. 2
(winds of >60 to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours)
Bataan
Metro Manila
Rizal
Cavite
Laguna
Batangas
Southern Quezon
Camarines Sur
Lubang Island
Rest of Palawan
Albay
Siquijor
Surigao del Norte
Siargao
Camiguin
Signal No. 1
(30-60 kph winds may be expected in at least 36 hours)
Pampanga
Zambales
Bulacan
Camarines Norte
Rest of Quezon
Polilio Island
Catanduanes
None Surigao del Sur
Misamis Oriental
Agusan del Norte
Public Warning Signal #1 elsewhere are now lowered.

"YOLANDA", after hitting Guiuan ( Eastern Samar) and Tolosa, Leyte, is now in the vicinity of Northern tip of Cebu and will traverse Visayan Sea and will hit Panay Island between 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm then will pass in the Southern part of Mindoro then Busuanga and will exit the Philippine landmass this evening towards the West Philippine Sea.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 10.0 - 20.0 mm per hour (Heavy - Intense) within the 400 km diameter out of 600 km diameter of the Typhoon.

Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #4, #3 and #2 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under the aforementioned signal #4, #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges which may reach up to 7-meter wave height.

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today.




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Posted by DiversityHuman.com on 08 Nov 2013



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