Philippines Super Typhoon Rai: Death toll reaches 75on December 19, 2021 at 4:34 am

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With communications systems down, authorities say the scale of the storm’s destruction is unclear.

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At least 75 people are now known to have died after a devastating storm struck the Philippines on Thursday.

Super Typhoon Rai – with winds of about 195km/h (120mph) – sent some 300,000 people running for safety when it hit the country’s south-eastern islands.

Initial aerial images of the worst-hit regions show extensive damage.

But establishing the scale of the losses has proved difficult, as communication to a number of areas has been cut off.

Arthur Yap, governor of the popular tourist destination Bohol, said on Sunday that less than half his region’s 48 mayors had managed to make contact as yet.

Bohol’s current death toll stands at 49, Mr Yap said, with at least 10 more missing.

On Saturday, the Philippine’s disaster agency said the reported death toll stood at 31, not including Bohol.

Residents gather next to their destroyed house in Carcar, Philippines' Cebu province on December 18, 2021, days after Super Typhoon Rai hit the city

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To assist with search and rescue efforts, thousands of military, coast guard and fire personnel have been deployed in the country’s worst-affected areas.

Meanwhile, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has conducted an aerial inspection of the areas ravaged by the storm.

Videos posted on social media by his aides show extensive damage to Siargao, Dinagat and Mindanao islands.

The governor of the Dinagat islands, Arlene Bag-ao, had earlier taken to Facebook to say the region had been “levelled to the ground” by the typhoon.

“The fields and boats of our farmers and fisherfolk have been decimated,” she said in the message quoted by news site Rappler. “[W]e have lost our homes. Walls and roofs were torn and blown off…. We have a dwindling supply of food and water.”

Residents gather by a collapsed house in Hernani town, Eastern Samar province on December 17, 2021

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She said the damage “is reminiscent of, if not worse than, when Yolanda hit our province”.

More than 6,000 people died after that storm – also known as Typhoon Haiyan – hit the country in 2013. It remains the country’s deadliest storm on record.

On average about 20 storms and typhoons strike the Philippines each year.

Super Typhoon Rai is the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2021, and comes late in the region’s typhoon season – with most cyclones developing between July and October.

Scientists have long warned that rising global temperatures, induced by man-made climate change, are causing typhoons to become more powerful and strengthen more rapidly .

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