On December 16, 2021, on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines (Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) / Handout), residents of Kagayan de Oro fled their homes with the help of the Coast Guard due to a tornado caused by a super-typhoon.
“Super typhoon” ravaged the Philippines on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, officials say, as the Red Cross warns of a “terrible” and “terrifying” storm.
The Philippine Meteorological Agency said the typhoon made landfall near the tourist island of Siargavo at 1:30 pm (05:30 GMT). The wind is blowing at a speed of 195 km per hour.
“This terrible storm is threatening to hit coastal communities like a freight train,” warned Alberto Bocanegra, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in the Philippines. “We are concerned that climate change could make hurricanes more severe and unpredictable.”
Roy is a “super-typhoon” and is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the United States, with about five occurring worldwide. The Meteorological Agency said it was the strongest hurricane to hit the Philippines this year.
“Extremely destructive” winds “can cause severe or very severe damage to structures and vegetation,” they warned, warning of landslides and deadly floods along the coast.
– Delayed hurricane –
“Get ready for heavy rain and get ready for a strong wind,” said meteorologist Christopher Perez at a news conference.
Super-Typhoon Route (AFP /) on December 16 before reaching the Philippines and China
An inspection video taken by tourists on the island of Sierra Leone showed the trees swaying violently in the wind.
According to the National Disaster Management Agency, more than 90,000 people have fled their homes and taken refuge in shelters, including many Filipino tourists – foreign tourists still unable to enter the country due to the pandemic – taking advantage of the region’s beaches and scuba diving areas. .
In the town of Dappa, families slept on the floor of a sports complex that had been transformed into a sanctuary.
Tourists flock to a sports complex transformed into a refuge on December 16, 2021, on the island of Siargo in the Philippines (AFP / Roel CATOTO)
In Cagayan de Oro, on the island of Mindanao, the Coast Guard used inflatable boats, lifeboats and stretchers to rescue residents trapped in flooded houses near a swollen stream.
“I’m really scared,” said Nida Delito, 56, owner of a restaurant in Bohol, in the central island province, where strong winds tore down roofs and trees.
“There have been several hurricanes here before, and it was good. It’s different,” she told AFP.
No injuries or damage were reported.
Communication was interrupted in some places.
Roy is a particularly late-coming hurricane. Most tropical cyclones in the Pacific Ocean form between July and October.
RAMMB / CIRA satellite image of Super Typhoon Roy near the Philippines on December 16, 2021 at 0500 UTC (RAMMB / CIRA / -)
The hurricane is expected to make landfall in the Philippines from east to west in the coming days, passing through the islands of Mindanao and Palawan over Vietnam on Saturday over the South China Sea.
The Philippines, which is considered one of the most vulnerable countries to global warming, is hit by about 20 hurricanes each year, often destroying homes, crops and infrastructure in already very poor areas.
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