Rain is everywhere! Indeed, the typhoon season has arrived and the country is already experiencing the ramifications brought about by the wrath of mother nature. In fact, because of the El Niño that the Philippines has suffered from, it might just give more strength to upcoming typhoons.
Data from PAGASA, the agency responsible for weather forecast, showed that there will be more cyclones that would eventually fall under the “typhoon” category. This happens when the cyclone reaches speeds of 118 kilometers per hour.
Time and again, history has showed that the Philippines have been the subject of the wrath of many typhoons, yet it managed to stand up!
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Here are some of the most devastating typhoons that have hit the country – real hard!
#7. Walding (Trix)
Albeit Walding hit the Philippines more than half a decade ago, those who survived the ordeal can still remember how it lashed against the unsuspecting region of Bicol. It hit the Bicol Region hard in October 16, 1952 and left 995 dead bodies in its wake. It reached wind speeds of 220 kph.
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#6. Sendong (Washi)
Although both are about more than half a decade apart, residents who have experienced the anger of Sendong could only wish that the typhoon could have steered clear of their path. The typhoon caused uprooted trees and logs, all of which cascaded down mountain slopes. The hard-hit area was Cagayan De Oro. One thing that worsened Sendong’s devastation was that the rivers swelled but many people were still asleep at the time, taking many by surprise. If Walding left 995 people dead, Sendon took it a notch higher since it left about 1,200 dead and worse, it hit on December of 2011.
#5. Nitang (Ike)
The year 1984 has bought a lot of catastrophes to the Philippines. Typhoon Nitang hit Surigao del Norte, causing the waters of Lake Mainit to overflow. This alone killed several hundreds of people. Because of extreme wind speeds reaching up to 230 kph and really strong rain, the death toll during this typhoon was at 1,440.
Though not a “typhoon” per se, Tropical Depression Winnie wreaked havoc to the Philippines in 2004, particularly in the Visayas and Luzon areas. Although wind speeds were not like that of the other typhoons, the torrential rain that came with it was devastating enough to cause the death of 842 individuals. Those missing were at 751.
#3. Pablo (Bopha)
A more recent typhoon included in the list was Pablo. This typhoon ravaged the Philippines in 2012, hitting primarily Davao Oriental. It didn’t stop there though as the heavy rains triggered flash floods in nearby provinces. Typhoon Pablo was acclaimed as the worst one to hit Mindanao. Because of Pablo, the Philippines gained the title as being the “most disaster-affected country in the world” that year. Death toll for Pablo reached 1,100 and 800 were missing. Its wind speeds also reached a whopping 280 kph.
#2. Uring (Thelma)
Just when you thought that Pablo was already the worst, there’s even one that could surpass it – Typhoon Uring. This typhoon occurred around 5 months after the Mt. Pinatubo erupted, which made the typhoon a real killer. Perhaps, the weak wind speed of Uring, which was only at 85 kph, has helped in cushioning the disastrous effects. Had its wind speeds been like that of Pablo, it would have created a much bigger problem.
Uring hit Negros provinces and Leyte. It also caused flash floods in Ormoc City. The death toll for Uring ranged between 5,000 to 8,000. The total damage based on the exchange rate in 1991 was at P1.23 billion.
#1. Yolanda (Haiyan)
Who can ever forget the horrifying ordeal that the Philippines went through when Typhoon Yolanda hit in November 2013. Yolanda was so strong it did not only became the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines but one of the worst recorded in the entire world’s history.
Records showed that it was the “most powerful storm to make landfall.” Hard hit areas included Capiz, Cebu, Leyte, Negros, Northern Iloilo and Negros. Data gathered by the UN estimated an affected 11 million people, most of which were left homeless in the typhoon’s aftermath. The death toll for Yolanda was at 6,340, with 1,061 missing. Total damage cost was estimated at P89 billion.