Typhoon Hagupit - Dec 2014
Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) made its first landfall in the Philippines' Eastern Samar province as a category 2 at 9:15 p.m. on 6 Dec 2014 (Manila time) with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h and gusts of up to 210 km/h. The storm made a second landfall in the morning of 7 Dec in Cataingan municipality, Masbate province. (OCHA, 7 Dec 2014) It weakened into a tropical storm as it continued to slowly move towards Batangas province, south of Manila, with moderate to heavy rain. As of 8 Dec, an estimated 227,000 families (1 million people) were in 687 evacuation centres across seven affected regions and Metro Manila. Two deaths were reported in Iloilo province. (OCHA, 8 Dec 2014) The typhoon exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the evening of 10 Dec. As flooding receded, more than half of the evacuees had returned home. As of 11 Dec, some 788,500 people (170,700 families) were staying in 3,003 evacuation centres. Of the evacuees, 76 per cent are in Region VIII. At the height of the evacuation on 9 December, 1.7 million people were in 5,193 evacuation centres. Initial assessments reveal that immediate needs are most acute in Eastern Samar. (OCHA, 11 Dec 2014)
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- Philippines: Destructive Tropical Cyclones from 2006 to 2016
- Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit Situation Report No. 3 (as of 8 December 2014)
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