Philippines Typhoon Yolanda the Strongest in World History

Philippines Typhoon Yolanda the Strongest in World History
Province of Leyte and other parts of eastern, western and central Visayas was smashed by one of the strongest typhoons in the history of the world.  Many residents are dead as typhoon Haiyan (international name) hit the region.
Southern Luzon also had a taste of the typhoon.  There are no electric current in most places.  Thousands of residents were seriously affected.  A church’s roof was completely flaked in the wrath of the winds brought by typhoon Yolanda.  Even coconut trees are not just felled, but they are also cut.  All houses, including electrical structures were bent by Typhoon Yolanda.  
In Camarines Sur, the so-called “storm surge” caused panic due to the strong waves.  Angry waves were evident likewise in Cebu City.  The lines of communication in the provinces hit by the typhoon are still hard , and black-out is still experienced in most parts of Visayas.  
The fury is rare, same with the devastation left by one of the strongest typhoons in the history of the world. Latest survey reveals 3 dead and 7 injured according to RDMMC but the figure is feared to rise because in Leyte alone, it is estimated that the number of deaths is not lower than 20.  According to Jimmy Manicad, a GMA news reporter, the typhoon could be compared to that of a washing machine rotator while the very strong winds uncontrollably circled in the place.  Another video was taken in Palo Leyte, whereby the residents sought refuge to a nearby church but the roof of the church was flaked completely by the strong winds.  The roof parts are gradually flaked while the ceiling parts drop, leaving the whole church completely smashed.    Another video showed how a tree was cut by the winds, and the fury lasted for more than four hours.  

The news crew experienced the more than 200 kilometers per hour strength of the winds.  When light came, and the fury commenced, many are dead.  11 dead bodies, one of them a child, were lurched to the coastal areas. The videos showed how the typhoon is able to cut even strong coconut trees.  The hotel roof where the news crew are staying is strong but after the typhoon, cracks developed on the walls and near ceilings.  It was estimated that if the building’s foundations are not that strong, it might have also been smashed.  After the typhoon, upon touring the city’s downtown, cars were layered with each other, the streets were flooded, and the old people who needed to be evacuated because they were wounded, are carried anywher.  
Since there was no means of transportation, the news crew had to walk for 6 hours from the town of Tacloban to the town of Palo just to reach to the satellite.  Along the way a father, one of the fathers carrying their dead children, is seen to carry his 6-year old dead child, a daughter, who died in an evacuation center, where the water rose, and the children were trapped inside the evacuation center, in the town proper of Tacloban.  Among the debris in the streets of Tacloban were not just pieces of parts of a house, but also fallen trees, and electrical posts.  These posts are believed to be not less than 50 pieces, which are fallen along  the Maharlika highway itself.

By Sheila Samaniego

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