The world's most devastating tropical storms

At least 208 dead as Super Typhoon Rai devastates Philippines

Stars Insider

20/12/21 | StarsInsider

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On December 16 Super Typhoon Rai hit Siargao Island in the Philippines, a popular tourist destination on the central east coast, with winds of up to 260 kilometers (160 miles) per hour,  classifying as a Category 5 storm, CNN reports. The typhoon proceeded to tear through homes, unearth trees, and topple electricity poles as it traveled west causing widespread damage and flooding. At least 208 people were killed and thousands more displaced. 

The Philippine National Police said about 52 people remain missing as of December 20, while 239 others have suffered "considerable injuries." According to Casiano Monilla, assistant secretary at the Office of the Civil Defense, around 75% of homes in Bohol province are damaged, and 227 cities experienced power outages. The estimated cost of damage is said to be more than US$4.5 million.

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