Typhoon Rai makes a Category 5 storm hit the south coast of the Philippines. Watch video

Manila: Typhoon Rai, one of the strongest blows this year in the Philippines, made landfall at Siargao Island in the southern Philippines, the Philippines meteorological bureau said. Thousands of residents along its path were forced to evacuate to safety after a typhoon hit the Philippines on Thursday afternoon.Also Read – Delhi Records For Highest January Rainfall In 32 Years; Maximum Temperature Dips at Lowest Season

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration services, said Rai intensified further as it approached Siargao in Surigao del Norte province, blowing maximum winds of 195 km per hour and with gusts of up to 240 km per time when it slammed into the island at 1:30 a.m. local time (0530 GMT). Also Read – Vista Central Heavy Renovation Delhi To Have Red Granite Walkways, Tiered Gardens. Catch the first look here

The office said Rai was blowing from the northwest at 30 km per hour with “destructive typhoon-force winds” and heavy rain in many areas in its path, the Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – MHADA Admit Card 2021 Released on mhada.gov.in, Direct Link to Download and other details here

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Rai is expected to move west northwest and cross several provinces in the central regions of the Philippines before emerging over the Sulu Sea on Friday morning. It is planned to cross the province of northern or central Palawan, on Friday afternoon or evening.

The National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management said more than 45,000 people in central Philippines and northern Mindanao, including coastal villages, have been evacuated to safety due to the threat of flash floods and surges of storm.

The Philippine Coast Guard said nearly 4,000 people, nearly 1,800 shifts, and over 80 ships’ cargoes were stranded in the central Philippines, Bicol region and northeastern Mindanao due to the threat of typhoons.

Eastern Samar Provincial Governor Ben Evardone said nearly 30,000 residents of 21 of the 23 communes comprising the province had been evacuated. “We are already feeling the impact of the rains and strong winds, especially in the southern part of the province,” he added.

Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is highly vulnerable to multiple hazards. In recent years, the archipelagic country has been hit by major disasters, including Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2020.