Thousands Evacuate as Super Typhoon Rai Slams into the Philippines

Super Typhoon Rai, “one of the world’s strongest storms” of the year, slammed into the eastern coast of the Philippines on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said authorities evacuated over 98,000 people from their homes to government shelters.

NDRRMC said many preemptive evacuations and storm preparations began earlier in the week as the country experienced heavy rain.

The Philippine’s weather bureau, PAGASA, warned of “very destructive typhoon-force winds” with a wind speed of 121 miles per hour near the center and gusts of up to 149 miles per hour.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the US Navy has declared Rai as a super typhoon, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Rai is “one of the world’s strongest storms of 2021.”

Airlines have canceled dozens of flights, while transport authorities banned sea and land travel in the central and southern Philippines and left thousands stranded at ports.

Meanwhile, NDRRMC said the national government allocated an estimated $6.6m worth of food and non-food supplies. 

Editors Note: *** Categories still not working on my end.

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