At the time of making landfall on Siargao Island, Super Typhoon Rai had winds of up to 260 km/h with gusts of more than 300 km/h – equivalent to a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said about 198,000 people had been evacuated to local government shelters. Super Typhoon Rai is the 15th typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines this year.
People were evacuated by rescue forces on December 16. Photo: Reuters
According to the radio CNNThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has called Rai “one of the world’s strongest storms of 2021” and said it is threatening millions with destructive winds and flooding. to scan.
The Philippine Weather Service (PAGASA) warned of extremely destructive winds, as well as flooding and landslides in mountainous areas along the typhoon’s path.
According to the NDRRMC, eight regions across the country have been put on the highest alert level to prepare for emergency situations. These eight regions are located in the Visayas and Mindanao island groups with a total population of more than 30 million. Meanwhile, PAGASA has advised fishermen to anchor their ships at the port or seek shelter because of risky weather conditions at sea.
Rescuers assist people to evacuate in the town of Tubay. Photo: AP
Local authorities have also ordered the cancellation of many flights, forcing dozens of ports to temporarily close. The storm is expected to pass through central and southern areas of the Philippines. An extreme weather condition warning was also issued for Surigao province, which is on the northern tip of the island of Mindanao.
Super Typhoon Rai is also expected to make landfall in several provinces in the Visayas region, where more than 20 million people live.