Yolanda 5th major global storm to hit PH since 2007

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Of 13 major storms worldwide since 2007, 5 made landfall in the Philippines

BIG WAVES. Residents stand along a sea wall as high waves pounded them amidst strong winds as Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of Legaspi, Albay. AFP PHOTO/CHARISM SAYAT

MANILA, Philippines – Super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) slams into the Philippines Friday, November 8. It is one of the most intense storms in recorded history.

Yolanda is the 13th major global storm in the last 6 years, and of these 13, it is the 5th to make landfall in the Philippines.

Following is a look at major storms worldwide since November 2007:

November 15, 2007 – Bangladesh

Cyclone Sidr lephilaves at least 4,100 people dead or missing and 8.7 million others facing widespread damage to homes and businesses.

May 3, 2008 – Myanmar

Cyclone Nargis ravages the south, killing 138,000 in the Irrawaddy Delta.

June 20, 2008 – Philippines

Typhoon Fengshen (Frank) leaves around 600 dead or missing after it triggers flooding and landslides in central parts of the country. More than 800 other people die when a ferry boat sinks.

September 3, 2008 – Haiti

Hurricane Hanna slams the Caribbean island and kills at least 500 people. The successive passage of four hurricanes — Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike — within a month leave 1,100 dead or missing.

August 8, 2009 – Taiwan

Typhoon Morakot causes massive flooding in Taiwan and leaves around 700 people dead or missing.

September 26-30, 2009 – Philippines/Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos

Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) hits Manila and then becomes a cyclone that slams Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In all almost 800 people are killed.

November 9, 2009 – El Salvador

Hurricane Ida pours heavy rain in eastern parts of the country, causing widespread damage and leaving almost 280 dead or missing.

June 5-6, 2010 – Guatemala

Tropical Storm Agatha leaves around 300 people dead or missing and 300,000 facing damage in central America.

December 16-17, 2011 – Philippines

Typhoon Washi (Sendong) hits the main southern island of Mindanao, killing at least 1,080 people and affecting a total of more than 700,000.

October 29, 2012 – United States

Hurricane Sandy hits Haiti and Cuba before slamming into the eastern United States, killing close to 200 people.

December 4, 2012 – Philippines

Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) smashes into a region of Mindanao that is rarely hit by major storms. It suffers about 1,900 people dead or missing.

Mid-September 2013 – Mexico

Hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel smash Mexico from the east and the west, with heavy rains that cause flooding in 22 states. At least 157 people die and 1.7 million are affected in all.

 

As of 11 pm Friday, extreme northern Palawan, including Calamian Group of Islands, is still under storm signal number 4.

Yolanda is the 15th storm to prompt the hoisting of signal number 4 since 1991 and the 2nd this year. (READ: Storm signal no. 4 in PH history)

It is also the 24th typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013. An average of 20 typhoons visit the country each year. – Agence France-Presse, with Rappler.com

 


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