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Current Event Cat of the Day: Super Typhoon Haiyan

Current Event Cat - Typhoon Haiyan

Super/Monster/Really Big Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines early Friday with winds of up to 320km per hour (aka really fast).

The storm, which may be the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit land, has forced millions to seek shelter in 20 provinces and hold on for dear life. So far, three people have been killed and seven more reported injured. Another 12 million are still at risk.

The Super Typhoon, which began battering Samar at 4:30 a.m, flooded streets and knocked out power and communications networks in many areas. The super high winds meant the destruction was over quickly – but it also meant that there was a lot of destruction.

“About 90% of the infrastructure and establishments were heavily damaged,” Gwendolyn Pang, the secretary general of the Philippine National Red Cross said.

Pang also predicted that the death toll would rise as soon as aid workers could wade their way through the wreckage and the 10 feet high flood waters. Considering December’s Typhoon Bopha killed as many as 1,900 people last year, this Super Typhoon will probably do even more damage. But the Philippines is a resilient country and they will get through it. If there are two things Filipinos are good at, it’s enduring typhoons (they have an average of 20 a year) and cleaning up big messes (I have a Filipino cleaning lady).

Via: CNN & Current Event Cats

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