Typhoon Yolanda, also known as Super Typhoon Haiyan, is an extremely powerful typhoon that has devastating winds of 175 km per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 210 kph, according to a report from Business World Online today. Typhoon Yolanda was formed from a low pressure in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Micronesia and the system continued to develop to its maximum intensity peak east of the coast of the Philippines, and is expected to make landfall in the coming days. Authorities of the Philippines ordered the local governments in the Midwest to prepare for the arrival of Typhoon Yolanada.
“All concerned government agencies are on heightened alert to ensure swift response to affected residents, especially those in low-lying and flood-prone areas,” said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma, Jr.
According to the Philippine weather bureau, PAGASA, Typhoon Yolanda could become even more powerful than “Pablo”(Bopha), which caused more than 1,800 deaths and disappearances in the country last December.
Typhoon Yolanda is becoming stronger as it nears the Philippines at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour.
Is expected to make landfall on Friday and traverse east-west Philippines, affecting the Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Southern Luzon.
According to local media reports, government officials have arranged rescue and relief assets to most areas and evacuations in the region have already began.
“The provincial government is rushing the distribution of additional tents and other relief goods for those who are still staying in open spaces in makeshift tents. All municipal mayors are under orders to conduct pre-emptive evacuation of residents still staying near river banks and mountain slopes as the rains could trigger landslides and flooding,” said Tootsie Escobia, spokesman of the Bohol provincial government.
The typhoon season in the Philippines, which usually begins in June and ends in November, attracts an estimated 15 to 20 typhoons each year.