TYPHOONS hitting Philippines and other island nations
Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, killing thousands.
Typhoon Parma hits Flooded Philippines
Typhoon Melor is taking dead on aim at the Philippines
Oct 3, 2009 Typhoon Parma, the second storm in 2 days, struck the Philippines, knocking out power across the northeastern tip of Luzon, then headed for Taiwan. In Taiwan, mandatory evacuations ahead of Parma and another storm in the Pacific, Typhoon Melor. Parma changed course overnight and largely bypassed Manila, the capital, which in many parts was still under chest-deep water. THANK YOU JESUS!
Philippines President Arroyo has declared a nationwide state of calamity. The Asia-Pacific region has been hit by a series of natural disasters in recent days, including Typhoon Ketsana which hit the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, killing thousands.
Two powerful earthquakes rocked Sumatra, Indonesian, and a tsunami battered American and Western Samoa.
Typhoon Parma hits Philippines
Super typhoon bears down on Philippines
Disaster-hit Philippines braces for new typhoon
Philippines braces for Parma
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Pacific Typhoon Nalgae, Philippines
October 01, 2011 Typhoon Nalgae batters flood-hit Philippines
The second typhoon to hit the Philippines in less than a week is battering the north of the country, with ferocious winds and heavy rain.
Typhoon Nalgae has hit regions still waterlogged by the earlier storm, Nesat, and authorities have warned of flash floods and landslides.
Many residents are still on rooftops awaiting rescue from the first storm.
The Philippines suffers frequent typhoons, about 20 a year.
Nalgae made landfall in the eastern province of Isabela with winds of up to 160km/h (100mph) and is heading west across the main island of Luzon.
First reports speak of material damage across the affected region, but there has been no word so far of casualties.
The storm is taking much the same route as Typhoon Nesat which hit the country on Tuesday leaving at least 50 people dead and thousands homeless.
Tens of thousands of residents have moved into evacuation centres or the homes of relatives or friends, but many areas are still heavily flooded from the earlier storm.
Officials say more than a million of Luzon's 48 million inhabitants remain trapped by the floods.
Several towns remain submerged. Marooned flood victims were often reluctant to leave for fear their homes would be looted.
"When we send out rescue teams to help them, they ask for food instead," he said.
Death toll from Philippine typhoons hits 101
October 09, 2011 The death toll from the two strong typhoons that cut across the north of the Philippines' main island and left behind widespread flooding has risen to 101,
the national disaster agency said on Sunday.
Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines on Sept. 27 and was followed on Oct. 1 by Typhoon Nalgae.
Both crossed agricultural provinces of northern Luzon, with crop damage estimated at about 12 billion pesos ($275 million). (Reuters)
Pacific Typhoon Nesat, Philippines
September 27-29, 2011 Nesat 80 mph winds, crossed northern Luzon Island, Philippines, 7 dead.
100,000 people were evacuated, Schools closed, flights grounded and the military was put on standby.
Sep 29 Typhoon Nesat shuts down Hong Kong
Typhoon Nesat Drives 300,000 from South China Homes
Sep 29, 2011 Hundreds of thousands South China residents left their homes ahead of Typhoon Nesat.
Amid widespread high winds and torrential rain, landfall happened in Wenchang, in the northeastern corner of Hainan Island, China's southernmost province, Xinhua News said on Thursday.
Xinhua put the number of people evacuated at about 300,000.
Typhoon Nesat Sets Sights on South China, Vietnam
September 30, 2011 Typhoon Nesat, the same storm that battered northern Philippines early in the week, is now on target to strike South China and northern Vietnam.
The island province of Hainan, as well as coastal Guangdong on the mainland, was the first land in China to feel the wrath of Nesat beginning earlier Thursday, local time.
3 dead as typhoon Mawar passes Philippines
June 4, 2012 Three children were killed and six fishermen were missing after typhoon Mawar brought heavy rains and rough waters to parts of the Philippines.
Two siblings were carried off by an overflowing river in the western island of Palawan while a seven-year-old boy drowned in a river east of Manila.
A search is continuing for six fishermen on three separate boats who went missing after setting off before the storm hit, he added.
Thirty-two fishermen were rescued in rough waters off the eastern island of Catanduanes on Saturday after their boat ran out of fuel during the storm.
Mawar became a typhoon early on Sunday with maximum winds of 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour as it passed near the eastern side of the Philippines.
Although Mawar did not hit the country directly it brought heavy rains, particularly over eastern parts of the archipelago, raising fears of flashfloods and landslides.
As the typhoon moved away from the Philippines, the government weather station warned of "gale force winds" in the northern and central coasts of the country.
Mawar was 660 kilometres northeast of Manila just before dawn Monday, moving northeast at 15 kph.
China evacuates 450,000 after Philippines turned into 'waterworld' by Typhoon Haikui
Aug 2012 Shanghai and the nearby coastal province Zhejiang have evacuated 456,000 people as China prepares for its third typhoon in less than a week.
The emergency measures were taken after Typhoon Haikui turned Manila, the Philippines capital into "waterworld", killing 50 people.
The typhoon is expected to make landfall in Zhejiang province, just south of Shanghai.
Shanghai officials fear the storm could be the worst since 2005, when Typhoon Matsa killed seven people in the city, state media said.
The city aimed to move 200,000 people to more than a hundred shelters by Tuesday evening, government officials were quoted as saying.
The Shanghai government ordered outdoor construction sites shut down and cancelled summer classes for children until the typhoon had eased.
Monster Typhoon Jelawat winds 145 mph, Category 4 east of the Philippines
September 24, 2012 Typhoon Jelawat winds 145 mph, Category 4 east of the Philippines.
Typhoon Jelawat (18W) is currently churning across the Philippines Sea. Jelawat became a dangerous storm over the weekend with a perfectly symmetrical circulation and clear, well-defined eye. The storm underwent explosive intensification, almost doubling strength over 12 hours.
Jelawat remains over very favorable ocean temperatures, and is in an area of little to no wind shear. These conditions will allow Jelawat to continue to develop early this week, and the storm may reach near super-typhoon strength.
Despite being hundreds of miles away from the Philippines, the system has already brought gusty thunderstorms and drenching rains to the eastern-half of the islands.
As the system drifts north and eastward, it will bring the potential to bring major impacts to the islands. While a direct landfall is not currently forecast, the system's proximity to Luzon could still lead to serious impacts.
Explosive intensification is often a sign of HAARP involvement. WHY?
Monster Typhoon Jelawat Eyes Philippines, Taiwan, Japan
September 25, 2012 Super Typhoon Jelawat, packing maximum sustained winds of around 160 mph and gusts of 195 mph, is churning across the Philippines Sea.
Category 5 Super Typhoon Jelawat has 160 mph winds. Jelawat is Earth's second Category 5 storm of 2012; the other was Super Typhoon Sanba (175 mph winds), which hit Okinawa earlier this month as a Category 3 storm. The two Category 5 storms for 2012 match the total from all of last year. Fortunately, Jelawat is located well east of the Philippine Islands, and the storm is not expected to hit land over the next two days. However, the storm's outer spiral bands have brought flooding to Zamboanga del Norte province in the eastern Philippines, where 8400 people were evacuated and one person is missing. Wind shear is a light 5 - 10 knots over Jelawat, and the typhoon is over very warm ocean waters of 29°C. These warm waters extend to great depth, which should allow Jelawat to maintain major typhoon status for at least two more days. Satellite loops show an impressive, well-organized typhoon with a large symmetric area of heavy thunderstorms with cold cloud tops.
Super Typhoon Jelawat
September 26, 2012 Winds 155 mph. The typhoon is expected to move slowly northwest, roughly parallel to the Philippines, then turn to the north a few hundred miles east of Taiwan.
Typhoon Jelawat to Threaten Japan, Tokyo
September 26, 2012 Winds 130 mph
The outer rain bands of the mighty typhoon are bringing heavy rains to the northern portion of the Philippines' Luzon Island, and spread over eastern Taiwan. Jelawat is a well-organized typhoon with a 43 mile-wide eye, and a large, symmetric area of heavy thunderstorms with cold cloud tops.
It will likely pass very close to Okinawa, Japan as a Category 2 or 3 typhoon on Saturday, between 03 - 06 UTC. Jelawat could hit the main island of Honshu in Japan as a tropical storm on Sunday.
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65 injured as Typhoon Jelawat churns towards Japanese mainland
29 September, 2012 US military base is on Okinawa.
The storm battered the southern Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, injuring dozens and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
Violent winds of up to 234 kilometers per hour injured at least 65 people. Over 331,000 households suffered power outages.
Online video showed that the destructive gusts have flipped over cars, overturning a four-ton truck in Okinawa's Naha City and blocking a main road, adding to traffic chaos.
VIDEO, PHOTOS - They are only funny when they're not your car!
Jelawat to hit Fukushima Sunday
September 30th, 2012 Fukushima in center of forecast track.
Philippines: Typhoon Bopha death toll rises
December 5, 2012 Richard Gordon from the Red Cross: "Food, water and power are the priority"
The death toll from a powerful storm battering the southern Philippines has risen to about 200, as rescue teams arrive in affected areas.
At least 156 people are known to have died in Compostela Valley province alone when Typhoon Bopha struck eastern Mindanao.
Rescuers have reached most areas, but have had difficulty getting to some isolated communities.
Many were evacuated ahead of the storm, now over the western island of Palawan.
The typhoon is expected to move out into the South China Sea on Thursday.
Philippines death toll from Typhoon Bopha - 475 dead
December 5, 2012 Nearly 200,000 people were homeless and 475 confirmed dead after the Philippines’ worst typhoon this year, officials said Thursday, as the government appealed for international help. Typhoon Bopha ploughed across Mindanao island on Tuesday, flattening whole towns in its path as hurricane-force winds brought torrential rain that triggered a deadly combination of floods and landslides. Erinea Cantilla and her family of six walked barefoot for two days in a vain search of food and shelter through a muddy wasteland near the mountainous town of New Bataan after the deluge destroyed their house and banana and cocoa farm. “Everything we had is gone. The only ones left are dead people,” Cantilla told as her husband, three children and a granddaughter reached the outskirts of the town, which itself had been nearly totally obliterated. The army said it was looking for at least 377 missing people while seeking help for more than 179,000 others who sheltered in schools, gyms and other buildings after losing everything. Officials said many victims were poor migrants who flocked to landslide-prone sites like New Bataan and the nearby town of Monkayo to farm the lower slopes of mountains or work at unregulated mines in the gold rush area. Of the dead, 258 were found on the east coast of Mindanao while 191 were recovered in and around New Bataan and Monkayo, said Major-General Ariel Bernardo, head of an army division involved in the search. The civil defense office in Manila said 17 people were killed elsewhere in Mindanao along with nine in the central Visayan Islands. “We still have more than 377 missing and our challenge now is really to try to get to them,” he told. Shell-shocked survivors scrabbled through the rubble of their homes to find anything that could be recovered, as relatives searched for missing family members among mud-caked bodies laid out in rows on tarpaulins. Civil defense chief Benito Ramos refused to give up hope for the missing.
Storm that killed 600 threatens Philippines again
8 Dec 2012 NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon that had left the Philippines after killing nearly 600 people and leaving hundreds missing in the south has made a U-turn.
The weather bureau raised storm warnings over parts of the main northern island of Luzon after Typhoon Bopha veered northeast. There was a strong possibility the disastrous storm would make a second landfall Sunday, but it might also make a loop and remain in the South China Sea, forecasters said. In either case, it was moving close to shore and disaster officials warned of heavy rains and winds and possible landslides in the mountainous region.
Another calamity in the north would stretch recovery efforts thin. Most government resources, including army and police, are currently focused on the south, where Bopha hit Tuesday before moving west into the South China Sea.
Philippine storm death toll rises to 11
Dec 28, 2012 Manila - The death toll from a tropical storm that hit the central Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 11 with thousands more forced out of their homes by landslides and flooding, officials said Friday.
Tropical Storm Wukong has caused new destruction just weeks after Typhoon Bopha hit the south of the country, flattening whole communities and killing more than 1,000 people.
Most of Wukong's victims died from drowning, while three died when a tree fell onto their home, according to the official disaster monitoring council, which added that two people remained missing.
It said that more than 13,000 people were in evacuation centres due to flooding and landslides caused by the latest storm, which affected the islands of Samar, Leyte Cebu and Panay.
Philippines braces for Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda
7 November 2013 The category five storm is moving towards the South East Asian nation with winds of up to 278 km/h (173mph).
Haiyan - known as Yolanda in the Philippines - is the strongest storm to hit the Pacific this year.
Schools and offices have already been closed in the region and thousands of people are being evacuated.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, heads for central Philippines
Thousands of people in vulnerable areas of the Philippines are being relocated as one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever observed spins toward the country.
With sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Super Typhoon Haiyan was churning across the Western Pacific toward the central Philippines.
Its wind strength makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strong Category 5 hurricane.
The storm, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, is expected to still be a super typhoon, with winds in excess of 240 kph (149 mph), when it makes landfall Friday morning in the region of Eastern Visayas.
The storm is so large in diameter that clouds from it are affecting two-thirds of the country.
Jeff Masters of Weather Underground says Haiyan made landfall as the most powerful typhoon or hurricane in recorded history - via @usatodayweather
Monster typhoon Haiyan roars into Philippines
8 November 2013 Friday morning, local time, an observation site in Guiuan, Philippines, measured the sustained winds at 96 mph, before the site was disabled.
Rain totals along the path of Haiyan could top 200 mm (8 inches). Mudslides are a serious concern in the higher terrain, where localized totals of 250 to 300 mm (10 to 12 inches) are possible.
Three storms [Nari, Utor and Krosa] have crossed the Philippines at typhoon strength so far this year. All 3 tracked across Luzon, while Haiyan is headed toward the central Philippines. AccuWeather
There are very many Christians in the Ppines and I prayed for them.
I am hoping we find some wonderful testimonies.
In Hurricane Andrew, the weather satellite dish in Miami was disabled - yeah, the wind ripped it off the roof!
In Hurricane Charley also the weather sat was disabled.
Typhoon Haiyan makes Sandy, Katrina look like weak cousins
What may be the fiercest typhoon in recorded history smashed into the Philippines early Friday morning, carrying winds that make Superstorm Sandy look like a weak relative. Even Hurricane Katrina, the modern measure of nature’s disastrous force on the United States, pales when compared to the punch and expected devastation from Typhoon Haiyan.
According to the latest report, Haiyan, also known as Yolanda in the Philippines, was packing winds in excess of 200 mph as it homed in on the island nation in the western Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center said maximum sustained winds in the Category 5 storm were 195 mph with gusts to 235 mph.
When Haiyan made landfall in the city of Guiuan, the winds dropped to about 165 mph, a common occurrence for such storms when traveling over land. About 12 million people were in the path of the storm that has already forced hundreds of flights to be canceled and pushed a rising storm surge that imperiled all low-lying areas.
By comparison, Superstorm Sandy, which wobbled its way across the Caribbean, carried winds of about 115 mph and around 95 mph when it hit the coast of New Jersey a year ago. Katrina, the deadliest storm of the 2005 season, was as dangerous as a Category 5 storm, the top designation, with winds of 175 mph. But by the time it hit land, its strength had decreased to a Category 3, with winds less than 129 mph.
According to Philippine emergency officials speaking to various wire services, the death toll from the typhoon was just four, but they cautioned the weather event was still in its early stages.
Already, at least 748,000 people were evacuated and many are staying in about 664 evacuation centers, officials said. Electricity was cut off, homes and commercial buildings already flattened and communication with outlying areas was strained to non-existent.
Haiyan was believed to be the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines, where at least 20 such storms usually land each year. Last December, Typhoon Bopha caused more than 1,000 causalities due to flash floods and storms.
And the Philippines is just the beginning.
Haiyan is expected to pick up force as it crosses the waters of the South China Sea and continues to move to the west-northwest. Eventually, forecasters say, it will hit Vietnam and Laos by Sunday into Monday.
Sandy’s claim to fame was its size. The hurricane combined with two other weather fronts to create what meteorologists called a superstorm that damaged 24 states, including the eastern coast of the United States. At least 286 people died in seven countries, of whom about 160 were in the United States.
Though only slightly more than half of the deaths were in the United States, the overwhelming property destruction, $65 billion of the $68-billion total damage, was in the U.S. By definition, the value of property in a highly developed nation like the United States is always worth more than in the Third World, and Sandy tore through some of the most expensive property in the country--metropolitan New York and its suburbs.
Repair is also easier in the First World than in the Third as emergency aid can be transported along better roads and the cost of cleanup and repair is more easily borne by a wealthy society than a poor one.
Both Sandy and Katrina – and likely Haiyan as well – will prove the difference between the power of a storm and its impact. Though all carried high-velocity winds, the real damage comes later.
What made Katrina so deadly was the pressure it brought on the levee system, which failed in New Orleans. Flood waters rushed in and the scene of people trapped on rooftops and an entire city virtually underwater became the enduring images and brought comparisons with how storms affect the Third World.
More than 1,800 people were confirmed dead in Katrina. The cost of damage hit $108 billion and recovery efforts are still ongoing.
Sandy, too, carved its place into history with massive floods along low-lying areas of New York, Long Island and New Jersey. The U.S. government has already approved more than $60 billion for recovery efforts.
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda leaves over 100 dead
9 November 2013 - 120 people have been reported killed by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines, after the massive storm passed through the country on Friday. It may be days before the final death toll is known.
Haiyan exited into the South China Sea and tracking towards Vietnam.
The typhoon is now heading for Vietnam, which has begun mass evacuation.
Vietnam schools are being closed and shipping has also been ordered back to port.
The eye of the storm passed south of Manila, but the city still felt its force.
Aviation officials said 100 bodies were lying in the streets in Tacloban.
The storm destroyed buildings and triggered landslides.
It was one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall.
Tacloban airport has been badly damaged but military flights are able to operate.
Some communications were cut off when the storm hit.
Teports of collapsed buildings, houses flattened to the ground, storm surges and landslides.
The storm made landfall on the Philippines shortly before dawn on Friday, bringing gusts that reached 379 km/h (235 mph), with waves as high as 45 feet, bringing up to 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in places.
(Wind speeds vary according to various reports.)
Schools and offices were closed, while ferry services and local flights were suspended. Hospitals and soldiers were on stand-by for rescue and relief operations.
Power and communication lines were also cut to some areas.
Haiyan raged across Leyte and Samar, turning roads into rivers, and battered Cebu city.
According to the station manager the airport is completely ruined.
Tacloban is the capital of Leyte, a large island.
Storm surges hit Tacloban and Palo on its east coast.
Haiyan comparable to Andrew and Katrina in the USSA.
Many islands hit. Body bags rushed to the Philippines.
The military has asked for more bags. The destruction is expected to be catastrophic.
Storm clouds covered the entire Philippines, stretching 1,120 miles -- equal to a distance between Florida and Canada.
Haiyan weakened Saturday and was no longer a super typhoon, downgrading to a typhoon with sustained winds of 130 mph.
'Massive destruction' as typhoon kills at least 1,200 in Philippines, says Red Cross
TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) - One of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 1,000 people in one city alone and 200 in another province, the Red Cross estimated on Saturday, as reports of high casualties began to emerge.
A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, rescue teams struggled to reach far-flung regions, hampered by washed out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees.
The death toll is expected to rise sharply from the fast-moving storm, whose circumference eclipsed the whole country and which late on Saturday was heading for Vietnam.
Among the hardest hit was coastal Tacloban in central Leyte province, where preliminary estimates suggest more than 1,000 people were killed, said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, as water surges rushed through the city.
"An estimated more than 1,000 bodies were seen floating in Tacloban as reported by our Red Cross teams," she told Reuters. "In Samar, about 200 deaths. Validation is ongoing."
1,200 dead, CATASTROPHIC DESTRUCTION
No building in this coastal city escaped damage
Israel to send team to devastated Philippines
Israel to assist in treating the hundeds of thousands affected.
IsraAID will send a team this week to assist local agencies in treating hundreds of thousands of people affected by typhoon.
The IsraAID team, supported by the AJC and Jewish communities in North America, will be comprised of medical, trauma and relief professionals.
Philippine super typhoon kills at least 10,000, official says
Nov 10, 2013 TACLOBAN, Philippines - One of the most powerful storms recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city.
Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director.
Most of the deaths appear to have been caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many described as similar to a tsunami, leveling houses and drowning hundreds of people in one of the worst natural disasters to hit the typhoon-prone Southeast Asian nation.
The national government and disaster agency have not confirmed the latest estimate of deaths, a sharp increase from initial estimates on Saturday of at least 1,000 killed.
Survivors walk around like zombies
In some areas, the dead are being buried in mass graves.
There is looting in the malls and large supermarkets. They are taking everything, even appliances like TV sets. These will be traded later on for food
As many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools. Corpses hung from tree branches and were scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings, while looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water.
Nov. 11, 2013 10,000 people have died, thousands displaced.
Rescue efforts are being hindered by damage to roads and airports.
The storm struck north Vietnam, near the Chinese border.
Storm hit Leyte and Samar then headed west, sweeping through six central Philippine islands.
Millions affected now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.
Guiuan, Samar largely destroyed
Tacloban, Leyte province, flattened
Cebu province suffered 80-90% damage
Baco was 80% under water
Tropical Storm Haiyan makes landfall in Vietnam
Dazed survivors scour the streets for food and mobs attack aid trucks in Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan was a maximum category-five storm with gusts of up to 235mph
Authorities say in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, alone, 10,000 could be dead
Up to 4.3 million people have been affected, Filipino national disaster agency say
Bodies were seen floating in flooded streets in reminder of 2004 Tsunami
Filipino government now considering introducing martial law to combat looting
Britain has pledged more than £6million in aid and support for the Philippines
UN says 2.5m people need of food aid and UNICEF estimate 1.5 m children affected
A team of about 90 US Marines and sailors have been dispatched to the nation
Hundreds of thousands of people in South-East Asia have been evacuated
Vietnam authorities have moved 883,000 people in 11 central provinces to safe zones
Typhoon has now made landfall in Sanya in south China's Hainan province
Ships head to Philippines amid Typhoon Haiyan devastation
12 November 2013 The US has deployed an aircraft carrier and navy ships, while the UK is sending a naval destroyer.
At least 10,000 people are feared to have been killed and thousands of survivors desperately require aid - but reports say little is getting through.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity.
In a statement, he said the two worst affected provinces, Leyte and Samar, had suffered massive destruction and loss of life.
A huge international relief effort is under way, but journalists and rescue workers at the scene say reaching areas affected by the storm is difficult.
Bernard Kerblat, who is overseeing the UNHCR response to the crisis, said some aircraft had landed in Cebu but distributing aid was difficult because of bad weather and damaged infrastructure.
"The rain is further complicating the effort for light vehicles, including trucks, to penetrate in areas wherever there's still a bridge left intact.
"The other bad news is that within the next 72 hours, we should see the arrival of yet another typhoon."
There is blog chattter that Typhoon Haiyan was steered and intensified by man.
Typhoon Haiyan: Desperation triggers anarchy in storm-devastated areas
TACLOBAN, Philippines -- Desperation triggered anarchy in communities flattened by Typhoon Haiyan as survivors of one of the most violent storms ever to hit land struggled to find food, clean water and medicine Wednesday.
Police were working to keep order across the region devastated by 195 mph winds and huge storm surges amid reports of armed gangs roaming the streets.
ANC Television said security forces exchanged fire with armed men amid widespread looting of shops and warehouses for food, water and other supplies in the village of Abucay in Leyte province. The report could not be verified by NBC News.
Eight people were crushed to death as thousands of people stormed a rice warehouse in Alangalang and carted away up to 100,000 sacks of rice, National Food Authority spokesman Rex Estoperez told The Associated Press.
Soldiers sent to restore order also fired into the air to scatter crowds scavenging through the ruins in Tacloban, where an NBC News crew spotted dozens of uncollected bodies in the streets on Wednesday.
Residents had turned to ransacking houses because warehouses were empty, Tacloban city administrator Tecson John Lim told Reuters.
"The looting is not criminality. It is self-preservation," he said.
Lim said 90 percent of Tacloban had been destroyed but only 20 percent of the city's 220,000 residents had received help.
Standing amid the rubble, Jennica Ekaya told the BBC that survivors were only looking for food.
"We can survive without these houses ... we'll sleep anywhere. But we need food. Only food," she said. "No money, no places, no televisions, no cellphones, no technology. Food, we need food."
There were signs that promised help was at least arriving in Tacloban on Wednesday. A stream of American military helicopters and planes arrived at the airport, and Philippine military convoys carrying aid were spotted around the city.
However, an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remained in place.
"We have restored order," Carmelo Espina Valmoria, director of the Philippine National Police special action force, told The Associated Press. "There has been looting for the last three days, (but) the situation has stabilized."
Aid officials blamed the shortage of aid on not enough trucks and the roads being blocked.
"There's a bit of a logjam to be absolutely honest getting stuff in here," said Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“We are not looters, what we were looking for is food,” one desperate man told NBC News on Tuesday as he searched the remains of a food warehouse in the fishing village of Magallan on the hard-hit island of Leyte.
Some survivors resorted to digging up water pipes.
"We sourced our water from an underground pipe that we have smashed. We don't know if it's safe. We need to boil it. But at least we have something," Christopher Dorano, 38, told Reuters.
Many areas remained all but obliterated.
The road from Cebu city, the provincial capital, is lined with hundreds of children holding out their hands in despair or carrying crude signs reading: "We need food and water."
Meanwhile, the government downplayed initial reports that 10,000 had died in the storm. President Benigno Aquino said local officials overstated the loss of life, saying it was closer to 2,000 or 2,500 than the 10,000 previously estimated.
Officially confirmed deaths stood at 2,275 on Wednesday, but almost 7 million had been affected by the storm, according to the government.
The preliminary number of missing, according to the Red Cross, is 22,000. Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, told Reuters that figure could include people who have since been located.
United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos launched an appeal for $301 million to help people affected by the storm.
Several senior U.S. military officials said two amphibious ships were preparing to go to the Philippines to help with the humanitarian relief efforts. The ships, the USS Ashland and USS Germantown, would pick up U.S. Marines and supplies in Okinawa, Japan, and arrive in the Philippines in about one week.
The United States has also sent the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which carries 5,000 sailors and 80 aircraft, and three U.S. Navy warships — the cruisers USS Antietam and USS Cowpens and the destroyer USS Mustin — to the Pacific islands, defense officials said. On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Manila said that the USS George Washington had been delayed by bad weather and will not arrive offshore the Philippines until Thursday.
The U.S. military has dubbed their relief mission "Operation Damayan" -- which means "help" in the Filipino language.
The government also said it would provide $20 million to help in relief efforts. The Defense Department said it was continuing to work closely with the country's government to determine what, if any, additional assets may be required.
Other countries and organizations have also promised tens of millions of dollars in help. The United Nations released $25 million for aid relief on Monday from the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund.
Philippines typhoon reporting inaccurate
Nov. 14, 2013 From a watcher in the Philippines
Philippines reporting agencies are completely worthless. According to what I observed by the JTWC reports, my wife and as many family members as I could afford, would have been long gone from that area. At 3 am, just hours before landfall, JTWC was reporting ACTUAL 201 mph sustained winds, 235 mph gusts, and 50 foot waves at 2 AM.
Why this was played down I have no idea. But the exact same thing happened with the last one.
COMMENT from a military person who watched things in real time from Hawaii.
YES is severity was played down and some feel this was done not to overload boats and flights by people leaving prior to the storm. Even US Embassy and other warning systems did NOT do an adequate job to alert us.
Am I surprised - NO. I was in Cebu and minor damage for me.
Relief convoys are mobbed unless they have a military escort. Normally GOOD people resort to doing awful things when no food water and help.
This lends credibility to my suspicion the NWO steered and intensified this storm.
First baby born in IDF field hospital in Philippines named Israel
November 15, 2013 Humanitarian mission to typhoon-struck country begins treating casualties
The number of people in the Philippines confirmed dead from Typhoon Haiyan now stands at 3,621
Why wasn't the Philippines better prepared for the typhoon? Corruption, shoddy buildings to blame
As the Philippines grapples with the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos are asking why the country wasn’t better prepared to deal with the super storm.
Government officials claim they were ready, broadcasting warnings of a potential 20-foot storm surge on the hour, starting two days before the typhoon hit.
Jerry Yaokasin, Tacloban's vice mayor, told Reuters that "some people just didn't believe us because it was so sunny. Some were even laughing." Many local men reportedly stayed in their homes to protect their belongings from looters.
"People were warned about the storm surge," said Toby Monsod, an economics professor at the University of the Philippines in Manila. "Though, many probably thought that it would be one meter high, not five. This storm was off the scales," she told NBC News.
Many are now blaming not just the reportedly 175 mph winds, but the flimsy construction of homes and buildings in the Philippines – and the years of government corruption which prevented the building of anything better.
He's also watched every video clip he could find on TV and YouTube of Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most devastating storms ever to hit land. Lilles says he was shocked to see Alfred Romualdez, the mayor of Tacloban – the worst-hit city within the disaster zone – telling the BBC that he and his family decided to ride out the storm in their sea-level beach house.
"What really angers me is that, if the mayor didn't think seriously about evacuating Tacloban himself, I assume he didn't ask his [220,000] people to evacuate either and seek higher ground," Lilles said. He noticed the rolling hills in the background of many of the apocalyptic images. "Why didn't people, especially car owners, drive up the slopes or away from the coast? It must mean they didn't know about the 15-foot tsunami heading their way, or just didn't care."
Even Monsod admitted that lessons need to be learned if the Philippines is to avoid – or at least limit – such devastating loss during future typhoons. "Historically, Filipinos adapt to the climate," she said. "They get through the storms and rebuild if they have to. But this is not sustainable in the long run."
Recalling the eerie Tacloban images of a few reinforced concrete structures jutting out from a morass of twisted metal and smashed plywood, she said: "We need to invest in technological solutions like low-cost housing with climate-proof materials. We've seen this in places like Guam."
Roberto Lilles, Antonio's older brother and a successful architect, agrees that much of the wreckage from dozens of typhoons that strike each year could be greatly reduced if low-cost, brick-and-mortar housing replaced the traditional flimsy wood and tin-roof homes.
"There is low-cost housing that can resist the storms. But most people in those rural areas are so poor, they still can't afford them," he explained.
But if private builders like the Lilles brothers find low-cost housing schemes unprofitable, why doesn't the Philippine government subsidize them?
History of government corruption
President Benigno Aquino III, known as "Noynoy," the scion of two political families some compare to the Clinton or Bush dynasties, was elected in 2010, above all, to eradicate the endemic corruption that drains some $50 billion a year from state coffers.
He was seen as the only man for the job: his father, Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., was assassinated in a plot by alleged loyalists of then-dictator Ferdinand Marcos; his mother, Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, led the "People Power" revolt that toppled Marcos and became both the nation's first female president and a living symbol of democracy.
But Noynoy Aquino now finds himself implicated in his own "pork barrel" scam. While there's still no smoking gun, Aquino has been accused by association of using more than $500 million in public funds – including money meant for local infrastructure, like roads and bridges, in the very areas that took the brunt of Haiyan – to buy off key senators' loyalty. Last week there were nationally televised hearings on the scandal just as the storm was barreling toward the Philippines.
Aquino has strongly denied the accusations, but his approval rating has plummeted. And critics say the scandal has left him too distracted and on the defensive to deal with the nation’s perennial problems – poor urban planning, an exploding population, climate change and systemic poverty – all contributing factors to the death and destruction left in the super typhoon's wake.
For his part, Aquino stands by his record, telling CNN earlier this week that Haiyan's death toll would have been much higher without his government's evacuation of more than 750,000 people. "But, of course, nobody imagined the magnitude that this super typhoon brought on us," he said.
But it must be said that the roots of the Philippines' losing battle against infamously bad weather long predates this Aquino administration. Imelda Marcos, the larger-than-life former first lady who is notorious for her elaborate shoe collection, hails from Leyte province, ground zero for the storm surge.
But during some 20 years of the Marcos regime, while Leyte was blessed with a massive shrine (where Mrs. Marcos kept her shoes) and a big pink church, no one built low-cost housing or paved roads for the people.
Antonio Lilles doesn't deny that Typhoon Haiyan – or Yolanda, as Filipinos call it – was a perfect storm.
"Can you imagine if those winds had hit Manila, with all the scaffolding and construction materials flying around from hundreds of sites?" he asked.
But he bristled at the unnecessary tragedy. "When I built my beach house I used the US NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) storm surge guide for coastal buildings and built the house twice as high as the recommended 17 feet above sea level for storm surges. And then added two more feet for extra measure," he recalled. "It's just common sense and a little research."
For Toby Monsod, the economist, there's no better time than now to do better: "There's no question that Haiyan could have been much less disastrous."
Typhoon Haiyan: Aid begins trickling into desperate Philippines communities
CEBU, Philippines -- International aid began to trickle into some of the hardest-hit areas of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines Saturday, more than a week after the most powerful storm ever to hit land devastated the islands and killed thousands.
Navy helicopters from the USS George Washington warship were dropping food and water supplies to isolated communities in and around Tacloban, the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan.
Relief from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Israel and Australia has also arrived, but it wasn't clear if the assistance was making it to farther-flung communities also desperate for help. It is a monumental task, with around 7,000 islands in the Philippines to account for.
Typhoon victims line up to get relief aid Saturday from a U.S. Navy Sea Hawk helicopter on the typhoon-devastated remote island of Manicani in Eastern Samar, Philippines.
Eight days after the typhoon, survivors were still picking through the wreckage of the storm, hoping to salvage anything to help them rebuild their lives, as the United Nations more than doubled its estimate of homeless to nearly 2 million.
The relief effort was picking up steam, but the situation remained grim for survivors in many hard-hit communities.
Residents of Tanauan, a fishing town about 9 miles southeast of Tacloban, said they only started receiving substantial aid on Friday after being forced to survive on biscuits and dispose of dead bodies on their own for days.
On the remote island of Bantayan, residents said they hadn't received enough local aid and hadn't seen any relief from international agencies.
"We need help. Any country, we need help, we need your help," said Glenda Despesemento, a local relief coordinator in Bantayan. "Water, especially food, first aid, medicine, clothes – because some of us only have one (set of) clothes."
With the water system destroyed, residents of Bantayan are using a well – boiling the water before they drink it.
The U.N. said Thursday that the death toll from the monster typhoon had reached 4,200. The Philippine government disputes this figure, although its count has risen from around 2,360 to 3,633, with an official tally of 1,179 people missing. Around 12,000 people are injured.
One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed thousands of people in the central Philippines, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city.
U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said Thursday that she acknowledged that aid should have been quicker in coming and been more widely distributed.
"I think we are all extremely distressed that ... we have not managed to reach everyone," she told reporters in Manila.
Meanwhile, workers have been struggling to clean up a grim mess – burying bodies in hastily dug mass graves before even their mourning families can identify them.
Philippine corruption magnifies effects of typhoon, from infrastructure to expat donations
19 Nov 2013 - When a newspaper for Filipino workers in New Zealand told readers how to donate to the typhoon relief effort in their homeland, it mentioned agencies like the Red Cross but not a list of government bank accounts that the Philippine Embassy had sent over.
Corruption is a concern after any major natural disaster, as millions of dollars in cash and goods rush in from around the world. But those worries are especially acute in the Philippines, where graft has been a part of life for decades.
The government of President Benigno Aquino III, who has made fighting corruption a priority, is promising full transparency in reconstruction spending in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda. It announced Monday that it has established a website called the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub where funds given by foreign donors can be tracked.
Philippine typhoon toll rises to record 5,209: official
Nov. 22, 2013 The death toll from super typhoon Haiyan, which slammed across the central Philippines two weeks ago, has risen to more than 5,200, the National Disaster Agency said on Friday, the most deadly natural disaster ever to hit the country.
Pneumonia Is New Threat to Storm-Battered Philippines
11/22/13 Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the east-central Philippines, a new problem has emerged: pneumonia. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes and are living under tarpaulins and in makeshift huts across Leyte Island and nearby islands. These simple structures are proving no match for torrential rain and a rapid alternation of chilly breezes and sweltering heat.
No Polio in the Philippines Since 1993, But Mass Polio Vaccination Program Targeted for 500,000 Typhoon Victims Under Age 5
UNICEF has purchased over $2 million dollars worth of vaccines for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Western pharmaceutical companies look to make huge sales from aggressive campaign to vaccinate over 500,000 children in typhoon affected areas.
In the aftermath of one of the strongest storms to ever strike land, the most dangerous place for children in the Philippines to be right now could very well be the evacuation centers, or living near one.
This past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF began an aggressive program to vaccinate more than 500,000 children with the measles and polio vaccines in the typhoon affected areas of the Philippines. They have already vaccinated more than 30,000 children in Tacolban, one of the worst hit areas. “It is virtually unprecedented that within two and a half weeks of a disaster of this scale, with this level of devastation and these logistical challenges, that a mass vaccination campaign is already rolling out,” reported Dr. Julie Hall, WHO representative in the Philippines. The children are being vaccinated for measles and polio, in spite of the fact that measles rates are very low and declining in the Philippines, and that there has not been a single case of polio in the Philippines since 1993. In the video below, Heather Papowitz, a senior advisor for UNICEF, states that they are vaccinating children for measles even though they have already been vaccinated for the disease, because previous vaccine campaigns were, ”not enough to protect them, so we need to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.” Is this a statement to the ineffectiveness of measles vaccines that they need to be vaccinated repeatedly, or that somehow typhoon disasters like this require higher doses of the vaccine? By either reasoning, it allows pharmaceutical companies a larger market for their products. Regarding their goal to vaccinate 500,000 children with the very dangerous oral polio vaccine, she states, “As far as polio, it was already eradicated in the Philippines, so we just want to make sure it doesn’t come back.”
According to statistics supplied by the WHO, measles is rare and declining in the Philippines. In a nation of over 90 million people, there were 6,554 confirmed cases of measles in 2011 (source), 1,536 confirmed cases in 2012, and through November 11, 2013 this year, only 951 confirmed cases. (Source - Page 6.)
If you are the parent of a Filipino child being told by western aid workers that you need to vaccinate your child for measles (regardless if your child was already vaccinated), you need to ask yourself why you should allow your child to be exposed to dangerous western vaccines when the disease has already been declining and affects so very few people in your country.
As for the oral polio vaccine, this particular vaccine contains the live polio virus, and is notorious for causing vaccine-induced polio and paralysis. It is no longer given in the United States, only in poorer countries like India, Pakistan (where many people are now rising up and resisting it), and now the Philippines. Many have called for a halt on the oral live attenuated vaccine, due to the fact that it can actually cause polio and non-polio acute flaccid paralysis.
In India, for example, the “polio eradication campaign” using the live oral polio vaccine caused 47,500 cases of non-polio acute flaccid paralysis in just one year! (Source.) Will we now start seeing cases of polio and paralysis arise in the Philippines, where currently there are none, as a result of this dangerous and outdated polio vaccine that is targeted for 500,000 children? We most assuredly will, as this is exactly what is happening in other places like India and Pakistan. (See: Paralysis Haunts ‘Polio Free’ India and Confirmed: India’s Polio Eradication Campaign in 2011 Caused 47,500 Cases of Vaccine-Induced Polio Paralysis)
The measles vaccine is hardly without risk either. Dr. Viera Scheibner points out in this excellent article looking at the history of the measles vaccine, that atypical measles outbreaks have occurred as a result of the vaccine, and that natural immunity is wiped out when the vaccine is introduced, which can lead to more incidents of measles, rather than less. As I pointed out above, measles is already on the decline in the Philippines and affects a minuscule portion of the population.
I am not sure if there is a single measles vaccine currently available in the market, as by far the majority of the vaccines for measles today are a 3-vaccine combo of mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR). Here is Merck’s MMR vaccine package insert for the MMR vaccine. Be sure to read the ingredients, as well as the sections: CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS before you agree to have your children vaccinated. These sections are seldom communicated or explained to parents prior to vaccination, and injuries and deaths do occur, as is evidenced by settlements in the U.S. vaccine court, and also by a court in Italy. (See: MMR Vaccine Caused Autism in Two Children According to Federal Vaccine Court and Italian Court Rules MMR Vaccine Caused Autism: Why is this story blacked out of the US Media?)
I know that Health Impact News has a popular readership in Manila, and I encourage people to contact President Aquino and Dr. Enrique Ona (Secretary of Health) to carefully research this topic so they can be fully informed about these issues. The dangers of the live oral polio vaccine and the terrible side effects resulting in paralysis are very well documented in the scientific literature. We have also published articles from medical doctors and PhD scientists that summarize the peer-reviewed scientific studies and history of vaccines that is not popularly covered in the U.S. mainstream media, which is for the most part pro-pharmaceutical. See for example: The REAL History Behind the Polio Vaccine by Dr
(PhD), and Did Vaccines Really Eradicate Polio? by Suzanne Humphries, MD.
Why are Children Under 5 Dying in Countries Where UNICEF Works?
It would also be prudent to research UNICEF, which likes to present itself as an advocate for children’s health. Their track record does not match up to this image they like to project. In a report published in the Lancet (free registration required to read) in 2004, it was revealed that in the countries where UNICEF was working, deaths of children under the age of 5 actually increased! Is it a coincidence that this is the same age group UNICEF targets with their vaccine programs? The countries that experienced the greatest increase in deaths were all poor countries: India (2·4 million deaths), Nigeria (834 000 deaths), China (784 000 deaths), Pakistan (565 000 deaths), Democratic Republic of Congo (484 000 deaths), and Ethiopia (472 000 deaths). Will the Philippines now be added to this tragic list?
The largest funding entity to UNICEF is the U.S. Government. People in the Philippines and other poorer countries need to understand that the U.S. Government, unlike any other government in the world, has passed laws giving 100% legal immunity to pharmaceutical companies for any harm or damage that occurs as a result of vaccine adverse effects. This gives them unlimited opportunities to rush new vaccines into the market regardless of their safety, and often the more unpopular vaccines get distributed to poorer countries as part of “humanitarian” efforts, funded by taxpayers in various countries that support the U.N. and UNICEF. There are absolutely ZERO checks and balances to assure that your country is receiving safe and effective vaccines.
I lived in the Philippines for several years, and have been through four Super Typhoons. I have also participated in relief operations after natural and man-made disasters. The amount of fraud and corruption that occurs when millions, or even billions, of dollars are being donated for “humanitarian” purposes after a tragedy like this is always a problem, and this appears to me to be a case where pharmaceutical companies are seizing upon the Philippine Typhoon Yolanda tragedy to promote their vaccine agenda.
Pharmaceutical sales are slumping in the U.S., and they are looking for new markets, particularly in the poorer countries. Measles is declining in the Philippines and already rare, and there are no cases of polio. But that may all change now, thanks to this vaccination program that can, ironically, cause the disease for which the vaccine is supposed to prevent, resulting in even more vaccination programs in the future with the claim that these diseases are now returning, thus creating a lucrative market for the western pharmaceutical companies.
What the people in the Philippines in the typhoon affected areas need right now, especially children under the age of 5, is clean drinking water and healthy food, and then help to rebuild their homes and infrastructure. The millions of dollars being spent on dangerous vaccines could better be put to use for much healthier and safer options that will truly help the people, rather than dangerous vaccines that could end up crippling and injuring children at a time when they are most vulnerable.
Government officials and citizens in the Philippines need to understand the profit motive to distribute vaccines and how Western governments fund groups like WHO and UNICEF to promote their agendas in poorer countries. In the process, they exploit the most helpless members of your society, children under the age of 5! Throw off the mantle of Western colonialism and tell the WHO and UNICEF to stop their vaccination program in the typhoon affected areas now!
TYPHOON HAGUPIT slams Philippines
December 6, 2014 - Typhoon Hagupit Making Landfall in Philippines, Impacting Areas Vulnerable After Haiyan
Typhoon Hagupit slammed into the central Philippines' east coast late Saturday, knocking out power and toppling trees in a region where 650,000 people have fled to safety, still haunted by the massive death and destruction wrought by a monster storm last year.
Hagupit made landfall in Dolores, a coastal town facing the Pacific in Eastern Samar province, according to the Philippines' weather agency. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Although it was unlikely to reach the unprecedented strength of Typhoon Haiyan, Hagupit's strong winds and heavy rain were enough to possibly cause major damage to an impoverished region still reeling from the devastating November 2013 storm, which left more than 7,300 people dead or missing.
Philippines hit by Typhoon Hagupi
December 7, 2014 Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) sweeps across the eastern Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening storm surge, flooding and landslides.
Roofs have been blown away and streets are flooded in Tacloban, but does not appear to have been as severe as many had feared.
Pacific Typhoon Maysak
April 1, 2015 - Pacific Super Typhoon Maysak slammed Micronesia and heads to the Philippines.
Maysak is expected to slowly weaken over the next several days. Maysak packs winds of 160 mph. Maysak is forecast to approach the Philippines Saturday - Sunday, most likely northeast of Manila.
PHL is getting hit quite a bit lately.
Tropical Storm Maysak Hits Philippines
April 5, 2015 Maysak weakening made landfill Sunday morning.
May 9, 2015 - Thousands evacuated in Philippines as Typhoon Noul approaches Luzon. The storm is predicted to reach category 4 with winds reaching 195 kilometers an hour. After lashing NE Philippines on Sunday, the storm is expected to head to Japan.