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Tens of Thousands Were Evacuated due to a Powerful Typhoon in the Philippines

On December, 16, tens of thousands of residents were evacuated to shelters due to the approaching powerful typhoon in the Philippines.

Typhoon in the Philippines

Forecasters said that the last time they tracked Typhoon Rai, winds were about 115 miles (185 km) per hour and gusts up to 143 miles (230 km) occurred about 109 miles (175 km) east of the southern tip of the northern Surigao province. It moves northwest at 15 miles (25 km) per hour. Forecasters said a local typhoon called Odette is expected to hit the Dinagat Islands in the southeast on the same day. People are being warned to stay away from coastal and low-lying villages and other high-risk areas due to flash floods, landslides, and tides that can occur during or near a typhoon. It also banned maritime traffic in high-risk areas and detained nearly four thousand passengers, and cargo workers in ports.

Every year, residents of the Philippines become victims of similar storms. Over the past year, the meteorological service has counted about 20!

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