Typhoon Rai causes massive destruction in Philippines. The wind speed of typhoon Rai is approximately 195 km/hr or 120 miles/hr. Around 300,000 people are looking for safety around the time it hits the country’s southeastern islands. The most affected areas are Siargao, Dinagat, and Mindanao Islands. As per reports around 208 people have lost their lives. More than 239 people are injured and 52 are missing as reported by the local police. Rai is the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year 2021. Although around 20 storms and typhoons hit the country every year. Till date, the most destructive typhoon to hit the Philippines is Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Haiyan took away the lives of nearly 6000 people and left millions in need. Typhoon Rai belongs to category 5 according to the JTWC.
Typhoon Rai details and Aid provided by Red Cross:
Red Cross rescue team describes the scenes as a “Complete Carnage” from the site of aid. Richard Gordon , the Chair person of the Philippines Red Cross quotes, “Many areas have no electricity, no communication and very little water to drink.” The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an emergency appeal seeking $22 million dollar fund for long term relief. Red Cross emergency team reports, “Homes, Hospitals, Schools and Community buildings all ripped to shreds.” Meanwhile, the volunteers are providing best possible help to those who need it the most at present. Similarly Thousands of military guards, coast guards and fire personnel are present to help and assist in the country’s worst hit areas. Therefore the president of the Philippines Mr. Rodrigo Duterte conducted the ariel inspection of the most affected areas of the country.
The most affected region is Dinagat Islands, and the situation is so bad that the Governor Of Dinagat Arlene Bag-ao said that the region had been levelled to the ground by the typhoon. Most importantly she says that we have lost our homes. Walls and roofs are torn and blown off. We have a weak supply of food and water.
Typhoons and storms are indicators of the rising global temperature. The climate changes is representing in form of natural disasters which are more severe and frequent now. Humanitarian needs are on rise due to climate change in form of floods, famines, storms, earthquakes etc. We all need to come up with new solutions to conserve this planet and to give aid to needy ones as soon as possible.