Philippines – At least 31 killed by Hurricane Rai

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The National Disaster Management Agency of the Philippines announced today that it estimates that the death toll from Hurricane Rai has risen to 31, almost three times as many as the day before as rescue teams have reached the affected areas and telecommunications have been restored.

Four people have been confirmed dead, while 27 people are believed to have been killed by the hurricane, the agency said in a statement.

Rai is the 15th hurricane to hit the Philippine archipelago this year and among the deadliest. Hurricane Rai uprooted trees, caused the power grid to collapse and flooded many villages in the archipelago.

Hundreds of thousands have fled their homes

More than 300,000 people were forced to flee their homes on Thursday. Due to the hurricane, telecommunications were cut off in some areas, while the roofs of buildings were removed.

Scientists have long warned that hurricanes are becoming increasingly powerful as they intensify as human-caused climate change accelerates.

The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,600 islands, among the countries considered most vulnerable to climate change, is hit each year by about twenty tropical cyclones and hurricanes that often wreak havoc, turning homes into debris, sweeping infrastructure and crops. .

The deadliest hurricane to hit the Philippines was the “super hurricane” Haiyan in 2013, which killed or left more than 7,300 people missing.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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