At least 23 people have been killed in a powerful cyclone in the Philippines. Various areas have been washed away by the storm. More than three lakh people have left their homes and taken shelter. The statement came from the Philippine authorities on Saturday. News AFP.
Last Thursday, Rai carried out a riot on the tourist island of Siargao. The speed of the storm was 195 kilometers per hour. This has broken the communication system in many places. The electricity is disconnected. The Philippine military has released some photos taken from a plane in the affected area. This shows that the city of General Luna has suffered extensive damage. The roofs of various buildings have been blown off, leaving debris on the ground.
Alberto Bokanegra, head of the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Philippines, said: “This is one of the strongest storms to hit December in the last decade. The information and pictures we are getting are very worrying. ‘
Mark Timball, a spokesman for the Philippine National Disaster Management Agency, told AFP that more than 16,000 members of the army, police, coast guard and fire service were taking part in the rescue operation.
The Philippine Coast Guard shared some pictures on social media. It shows that there was a lot of damage near the town of Surigao in Mindanao. Paddy lands have been submerged.
At present the wind speed of Ryre has decreased to 150 kilometers per hour. Due to the stormy weather, it has been raining continuously and several villages have been inundated. The Philippine Meteorological Department predicted the storm would make landfall in Vietnam via the South China Sea today.