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MANILA – About 200,000 children are feared to have been affected by Typhoon Rammasun (local name Glenda), which battered the areas of Metro Manila, Bicol and adjacent regions on Wednesday, causing massive power cut and disruption of classes in the affected areas. So far, at least 20 people have been reported killed in the first major typhoon to strike the nation this year.
The government evacuated eastern coastal areas and closed schools in parts of the main Luzon island as ‘Rammasun’ charted a direct course for Manila. It is the strongest storm to threaten the country since Yolanda, a category-five "super typhoon," wiped out nearly everything in its path when it crossed the central Philippines in November.
Save the Children has sent out four rapid response teams on Thursday morning to assess the needs of the worst-affected children and families. “We have teams in some of the affected areas in Luzon, including Northern Manila, operating in flood-prone and low lying areas. Save the Children is well positioned to assist those severely affected by the typhoon.”, says Michel Rooijackers, Deputy Country Director, Operations of Save the Children.
“In such situations, we expect difficult living conditions in evacuation centres, with potential closure of schools and clinics for a few more weeks. Save the Children has more than 7,000 hygiene kits with soaps, dental supplies and towels, more than 2,000 plastic sheets for temporary shelter, tents, jerry cans and home-repair kits, water purification tablets which are ready to be shipped to the worst-affected areas,” Michel Rooijackers said.
With wind strength comparable to typhoon Xangsane (local name Milenyo) in 2006, ‘Rammasun’ had also caused panic in ‘Haiyan’-ravaged Tacloban on Tuesday, forcing evacuation over 1000 survivors to Tacloban astrodome, many of whom still living in temporary shelters. Although residents had already returned to their homes, many evacuees expressed concerns over the typhoon season. A new tropical depression east of the country is forming and is likely to make landfall this weekend. “We are mostly concerned about young children as they are most vulnerable during disasters. Children are easily swept away by winds. Our staff in Manila are hearing reports of damaged roofs and uprooted trees. These scenes are obviously distressing for children. ”Michel Rooijackers said.
Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981, responding to a number of emergencies across the country. The aid agency mounted large-scale emergency responses to Typhoon Washi in 2011, Typhoon Bopha and Manila floods last year in 2012. We are currently one of the largest responders in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which had killed at least 6000 people.
Category 3 Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the morning of 17 July. Rammasun affected 1 million people and left 38 people dead, 10 injured and eight still missing in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII and Metro Manila according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. A total of 26,259 houses were damaged (7,002 totally and 19,257 partially). Of the total affected population, some 531,000 people were displaced in 1,219 evacuation centres. The provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur as well as Naga City were officially declared under a state of calamity. Typhoon Rammasun brought an estimated total damage cost of US$16.4 million (PHP 713,733,478) to infrastructure and agriculture.
As of 6:00 a.m. (local time), all reported flooding in Metro Manila had subsided. Power interruptions continue in 13 provinces and one city since 15 July. While 84 per cent of electricity in Metro Manila has been restored, transmission lines in the worst hit Bicol Region are still not operational. Restoration of vital infrastructure and commercial services were identified as priorities by the Government.
Clearing of debris continue to enable restoration of roads and other public infrastructure. Local government authorities in the affected areas are leading the response. The Department of Social Welfare and Development has made available nearly one million food packs for additional support. Government-led assessments are underway to determine the full extent of the typhoon’s impact. To date, the situation is considered to be within the Government's capacity to respond.
The country's weather bureau is monitoring a new low pressure area located 990 km east of Mindanao, which may affect the Philippines in the coming days.
This is the final Flash Update on Typhoon Rammasun unless there are significant changes in the situation.
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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that as of 10 a.m. today, it has provided 29,880 food packs to augment relief resources of local government units (LGUs) affected by Typhoon Glenda for evacuees and families staying in their relatives’ or friends’ houses.
Of this number, 6, 850 food packs were given in National Capital Region (NCR), 7,000 in Central Luzon, 9,000 in Southern Luzon, 2,400 in Bicol Region, and 4,630 in Eastern Visayas.
In Bicol Region, a total of 590 bags of rice were distributed while Eastern Visayas got 3,880 pieces of packed noodles, 2,500 pieces of bottled water, tarpaulins, and 500 pieces of blankets.
In Bicol Region, a total of 590 bags of rice were distributed while Eastern Visayas got 3,880 pieces of packed noodles, 2,500 pieces of bottled water, tarpaulins, and 500 pieces of blankets.
Some 1,457 mats and blankets were also given out to LGUs in NCR.
The Department added that 1,200 evacuation centers remain open in the affected regions providing temporary shelter to 99,548 families or 525,791 persons.
The number of evacuation centers is down by 140 as evacuees have started to go home after their communities have been declared safe by authorities.
As of 10 a.m., in Bicol Region, 77,654 families or 423,538 individuals continue to stay in 778 evacuation centers.
In Metro Manila, a total of 5,016 families or 23,820 individuals were displaced and are now temporarily staying in 106 evacuation centers. The City of Manila provided food to some 780 families or 3,818 families presently staying in the evacuation centers in Baseco Compound, Delpan Sports Complex, Tondo and Port Area covered courts.
In Central Luzon, 1,805 families or 7,695 individuals are now staying in 46 evacuation centers.
In Southern Luzon, a total of 162 evacuation centers are still open presently providing shelter to some 8,575 families or 40,080 individuals.
In Eastern Visayas, a total of 6,147 families or 29,079 individuals are presently staying in 97 evacuation centers.
The Office of the Secretary-Disaster Response Operations and Monitoring Information Center (OSEC-DROMIC), said that some 167,293 families or 881,826 persons from seven regions are projected to be affected by the typhoon. DSWD is currently validating this figure through its Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams which are on the ground to monitor the extent of the disaster.
Due to strong winds and heavy rains, a total of 7,002 houses were totally damaged and 19,204 houses were partially destroyed. These houses were mostly situated along coastal barangays.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman assured that there are enough relief goods to augment resources of affected LGUs.
“As of this time, we are not calling for donations since prepositioned goods of DSWD and concerned LGUs are enough. But if there are kind-hearted individuals, they can share clothes and blankets. They can proceed to the nearest DSWD office in their areas,” Sec. Soliman said.
To date, DSWD has prepositioned a total of 114,667 food packs in NCR and Regions III, IV-A and B, V, VII, VIII and at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.
There are also 934,501 pieces of assorted items such as noodles, bottled water, biscuits, sugar, coffee and canned goods available.
Likewise, 541,332 pieces of non-food items such as clothes, blanket, sleeping and plastic mats, water JUGS, raincoats, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, and folding beds are ready for distribution as the need arises.
The Department also has standby funds amounting to P56,603,712.11 which can be used to purchase emergency relief supplies that may be needed by the affected families.
Typhoon "Glenda" has slightly weakened as it continues to move farther away from the country. Public storm warning signals are now lowered
07/18/2014 03:56 GMT
BEIJING, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - China on Friday braced for a powerful super typhoon heading for its southern coast after the storm left a trail of destruction and at least 40 dead in the neighbouring Philippines.
China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Super Typhoon Rammasun was on course to hit Hainan island and Guangdong province late in the afternoon.
The outer bands of the storm lashed Hong Kong overnight with heavy rain and strong winds but the city was spared a direct hit as the typhoon veered west towards Hainan.
Packing winds Friday morning of up to 198 kilometres (123 miles) an hour, the super typhoon was expected to bring torrential rains, the NMC said.
China's official news agency Xinhua said Rammasun was expected to be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years.
On Thursday, the NMC issued its highest "red alert" for the storm, its first such declaration this year according to Xinhua.
The typhoon comes after dozens of people died in the past week as heavy rain battered swathes of China, with at least six killed by lightning, thousands of homes destroyed and more than 300,000 evacuated, state media have reported.
Earlier, Rammasun -- a Thai word for "Thunder God" -- hit the Philippines, slamming the capital Manila, killing at least 40 people, and leaving millions without power.
The Philippines is often the first major landmass to be struck after storms build above the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The typhoon destroyed or damaged 26,000 homes, while cutting electricity supplies to nearly all of Manila, a megacity of more than 12 million people, and surrounding urban areas.
Rammasun was the first typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines since this year's rainy season began in June, and the first major storm since Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the eastern islands of Samar and Leyte in November last year.
Haiyan killed up to 7,300 people in one of the Philippines' worst natural disasters, but this week's typhoon followed a different track.
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GUANGZHOU/HAIKOU, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Rammasun approached south China's coastal regions Wednesday, packing strong gales and heavy rain.
The eye of Typhoon Rammasun was about 1,080 kilometers southeast of Zhanjiang City in Guangdong Province at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the provincial weather bureau said.
"It is moving northwest at 25 km per hour and is likely to make landfall in the west of Guangdong Province or in Hainan on Friday," said Cheng Zhengquan, chief weatherman with the provincial meteorological station.
On making landfall, strong gales, downpours and high tides are to be expected along the Guangdong coast, he said. Most parts of Guangdong Province are in for downpours from Thursday to Saturday.
Gales of over 100 km per hour are expected in central and northern areas of the South China Sea from Wednesday to Friday. Occasional gales might top 150 km per hour.
Shipping will be halted indefinitely from 8 a.m. Thursday on the Qiongzhou Strait in south China's island province of Hainan, according to the maritime affairs bureau in Haikou, the provincial capital.
Maritime authorities in Zhanjiang City called back 54 passenger ships and sent typhoon alarms to more than 260 cargo ships and 37 ferries.
Typhoon Rammasun killed at least 10 people in the Philippines and shut down the capital, Manila, cutting power and prompting the evacuation of more than 400,000 residents.
The Australian Government is providing urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Rammasun, known locally as ‘Glenda’.
Australia again stands with the Philippines, our close friend and partner, at this difficult time and extend our sympathy to those affected by this natural disaster.
Typhoon Rammasun struck the Philippines on 15 July, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013.
While the full scale of the disaster is still being assessed, reports suggest that more than 450,000 people have been affected by Typhoon Rammasun.
To help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of thousands of families, Australia has released emergency relief supplies. These include family survival kits containing sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and emergency shelters delivered to over 1400 families through the Philippines Red Cross, as well as health and dignity kits for 2000 women through the United Nations Population Fund.
Through our aid program, Australia continues to support communities in the Philippines to better prepare for, cope with, and respond to natural disasters. Support includes multi-hazard and risk mapping, updates to land use planning and building codes, and the establishment of early warning systems and emergency management teams in high-risk areas, and providing six Australian Civilian Corps experts to support recovery following Typhoon Haiyan.
Australia provided over $41 million in immediate humanitarian assistance following Typhoon Haiyan, and is spending a further $36 million on longer term recovery efforts.
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Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have improved the lives of thousands of people in Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines as part of the largest annual multilateral humanitarian and civic assistance mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.
Exercise Pacific Partnership 14 has delivered medical, dental, veterinary and engineering aid while strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations.
Over 50 ADF personnel participated in this year’s Pacific Partnership from 24 May to 15 July working alongside colleagues from the armed forces of the United States (US), Japan, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Chile.
Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral (VADM) David Johnston said Exercise Pacific Partnership was highly successful in delivering assistance to local communities and building trust and relationships between the international partners and hosts.
“There have been many success stories for the ADF,” VADM Johnston said.
“In Dili the ADF-led construction projects delivered desperately needed school and health facilities to the community.
“In the Philippines, a US doctor and an Australian nursing officer saved a young boy’s life, which is an excellent example of international teamwork achieving a truly amazing result.
“There was also the excellent integration of the ADF medical and command team onboard the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force amphibious support ship JS Kunisaki, a significant event for our forces.”
The Kunisaki-embarked team treated almost 3,000 people in the Cambodian city of Sihanoukville and the surrounding region and provided valuable training for more than 300 medical practitioners at the Da Nang General Hospital, Da Nang Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital and Military Hospital 17 in Vietnam.
Furthermore, 100 orphans in Da Nang city have a better quality of life and education thanks to a refurbishment of the Tram Y Te Phuong Hoa Quy orphanage and clinic by US Army and ADF personnel.
In the Philippines the Mayor of Tacloban, Alfred Romualdez, praised the medical team for their assistance in training more than 200 hospital staff and treating 2,600 people at two free medical clinics in the southern province of Leyte.
“We are very grateful to our Pacific Partnership friends, particularly the Australians and the Americans, who came back to help us, because it will take a very long time to recover from Typhoon Haiyan,” Mayor Romualdez said.
Another team of ADF medical specialists deployed directly to Timor‑Leste with a group of 6th Engineer Support Regiment personnel to spend an intensive five weeks improving schools and hospitals and providing valuable medical training.
Working alongside Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) and US military personnel, the ADF medical team provided training for Timorese military paramedics and other health specialists while a dental team provided services to local schools and communities.
The Army engineers worked with the US Navy’s Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (the ‘Seabees’) and F-FDTL engineers to construct a new emergency room at the Comoro Medical Health Centre, an outdoor kitchen at Comoro Intermediate School and an ablutions facility at Farol Primary School.
A key feature of this year’s exercise was the emphasis placed on the transfer of specialist skills.
Every medical, dental, veterinary, and engineering project was conducted side-by-side with the host nation’s specialists, ensuring that the mission’s impact will continue long after its conclusion.
The annual US-sponsored Pacific Partnership series of exercises arose from the military-led humanitarian response to the devastation wrought by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that swept through littoral Southeast Asia.
The primary objective of Pacific Partnership is to improve cooperation and understanding between the partner and host nations ahead of major natural disasters that require a multinational response.
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A clean up is under way in the Philippines after the battering inflicted by Typhoon Rammasun.
It was the most powerful storm to hit the country this year, passing just south of the capital Manila as it carved a path across the main island of Luzon.
Unlike last year, when Super Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands, the death toll this time has been put at around 20.
Australia is among those to have offered emergency relief supplies.
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China's southern regions are bracing for a powerful typhoon that has ripped through the Philippines, killing dozens and forcing more than 400,000 people to flee their homes.
The official death toll from Typhoon Rammasun has climbed to 38, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Thursday.
Ten people have been injured and eight are missing.
Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013.
The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed south of Manila after cutting a path across the main island of Luzon, toppling trees and power lines and causing electrocutions and widespread blackouts.
Disaster officials are still assessing damage but Quezon province appears to have borne the brunt of Rammasun, which intensified into a category-three typhoon as it crossed the Philippines.
The number of evacuated residents had reached 409,000, Wilma Cabrera, the Philippine Social Welfare Assistant Secretary, said.
Many of those forced from their homes were in the eastern province of Albay, the first to be hit by the typhoon.
Most schools remain closed in the capital and southern Luzon provinces.
Tropical Storm Risk, which monitors cyclones, downgraded Rammasun to a category-one storm on Wednesday.
But weather authorities are still warning of heavy rain, thunderstorms and flooding in some areas of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the Australian Government says it is providing urgent humanitarian assistance to victims of Typhoon Rammasun, known locally as Glenda.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia will offer emergency relief supplies, including family survival kits containing sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and emergency shelters.
The kits will be delivered to more than 1,400 families through the Philippines Red Cross.
Ms Bishop says health and dignity kits will also be provided to two thousand women through the United Nations Population Fund.
Typhoon Rammasun is now churning across the South China Sea heading toward parts of southern China and Vietnam.
China's National Meteorological Center is forecasting the typhoon to make landfall in the coastal areas of Guangdong and Hainan provinces early on Friday morning, Xinhua news agency reported.
Chinese authorities have launched an emergency response for the nearing typhoon, which is expected to bring several days of heavy rainstorms to the southern regions, Xinhua said.
Food for the Hungry Responds to Help Homeless and Displaced Families in Philippines
PHOENIX (July 16, 2014) – On Tuesday, July 15, Typhoon Rammasun hit eastern Philippines displacing more than 430,000 and affecting 500,000 Filipinos.
Food for the Hungry’s (FH) Emergency Response Unit is assessing the needs of more than 1,300 families in the Bicol region. Here is a statement from FH’s field office: “In Sula, 318 families residing on the island were sent to the evacuation center and a lot of them lost their homes as the typhoon hit them. In Napaod, 217 families, and Iberica, 800 families, also lost their rooftops and were deeply affected by the typhoon. These people are vulnerable as roads are unpassable and need clearing and there is still no electricity in the province.” These families are just starting to rebuild from last year’s massive Typhoon Haiyan that killed more than 10,000 people and affected nine regions and 11 million people.
As July starts typhoon season for the Philippines, many of these families are hard hit with destroyed homes and belongings. Please help FH bring relief to these vulnerable people.
You can be a part of this good work by giving to FH’s emergency fund today at fh.org/storm2014, so we can provide shelter, food and water. Please also keep these families and FH workers in your prayers.
Founded in 1971, Food for the Hungry provides emergency relief and long-term development programs with operations in more than 20 countries to help the world's most vulnerable people.
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Typhoon Rammasun, locally named Glenda, made landfall as a signal 3 typhoon at 1700 hrs over the Albay-Sorsogon area on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. It then crossed northward into Southern Luzon, passing through Cavite and Manila Bay before exiting via Zambales at around 1200 hrs.
As of 2000 hrs, it is 410 km West Northwest of Olongapo City and is expected to leave the Philippines Area of Responsibility by Thursday afternoon.
A total of 66,859 families within the Bicol region were evacuated yesterday, including 62,951 families in Albay. At the request of DSWD, IOM assessment teams today surveyed the damaged areas in Northern Samar and will continue with assessments of Bicol, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and the National Capital Region (NCR) tomorrow. 3,000 houses in Northern Samar are estimated to be damaged or destroyed, with 1,600 of these in the municipality of San Roque.
In areas badly affected by typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, specifically Tacloban City, Western Leyte and Biliran, a large scale pre-emptive evacuation took place yesterday due to anticipated heavy rains and flooding. In Tacloban, 1,040 families, or 4,692 individuals, mainly those still living in tents in Barangays 88 and 89, were evacuated by the city government with the support of IOM and other humanitarian partners. IOM provided transportation support and evacuation management and coordinated closely with DSWD, the City Government, UNHCR and UNOCHA for the setting up of facilities.
As of 1000 hrs this morning, all six temporary evacuation centres in Tacloban had been closed. IDPs returned to their respective areas with transportation assistance from the LGU and close monitoring by the Protection Cluster. In the tent city sites, tents damaged by the typhoon have already been fixed by community members who were provided with tarpaulins by OCD, IOM and DSWD.
In Western Leyte, 73 families are still in evacuation centres whilst in Biliran, 558 families remain due to flooded homes.
• RAMMASUN (GLENDA in the Philippines) made landfall in Albay province (Bicol region) in the morning of 15 July (UTC), as a Typhoon; then it crossed Bicol, Calabarzon, Central Luzon and the National Capital Regions, slightly weakening. It moved into the South China Sea on 16 July morning. On 16 July, 6.00 UTC, its center was located approx. 100 km west of Central Luzon coasts and it had max. sust. winds of 148 km/h.
• In the next 24 h it is forecast to move north-west, strengthening, moving towards China and Vietnam (see inset map).
• Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge affected the areas along its path in the Philippines on 15-16 July. Floods were reported in a number of municipalities of NCR, as well as in Marinduque and Mindoro Occidental; a landslide was also reported in Quezon. Electricity interruptions were experienced in nine Provinces and air, sea and road traffic were largely affected.
• As of 16 July (NDRRMC), there were 20 dead, over 500 000 people affected in six regions (24 348 in NCR, 1 372 in Central Luzon, 19 265 in Calabarzon, 3 559 in Mimaropa, 419 090 in Bicol region, 37 630 in Eastern Visayas) and 423 119 people inside 605 evacuation centres, most of which in Bicol Region (see table).
• As of 9.00 UTC 16 July, only Public Storm Warning Signal #1 (PAGASA) was in effect for several parts of Luzon.
Sources: GDACS, JTWC, JMA, PAGASA, NDRRMC (1,2), Media (1, 2, 3)
Typhoon "Glenda" is now over the West Philippine Sea moving towards Bajo de Masinloc, Zambales
As of 16 July, Typhoon Rammasun (known locally as Glenda) has affected an estimated 93,860 families (450,690 people) in four regions (IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII), based on initial reports by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC). Out of the total affected population, 76,600 families (373,180 people) are in 500 evacuation centres. One death and two injuries were reported by the Government. Damages were mostly to infrastructure. Partners reported challenges in receiving additional information with disruption in telecommunication services due to power outages. Government offices and classes were suspended in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) and in 10 provinces under Typhoon Signal No. 2 (areas with winds of 61 to 100 km/h). The provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Cavite as well as Gumaca municipality (Quezon province) and Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) were reported under a state of calamity by local media.
In Tacloban City, which was previously affected by Typhoon Haiyan, 1,040 evacuated families have since returned home according to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. No major damages were reported.
On 15 July, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) activated the following Government response clusters: food and non-food Items, emergency telecommunications, camp management, emergency shelter, IDP protection, logistics, health, and search and rescue and retrieval. Aerial survey is ongoing and local authorities in the affected areas are leading the rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDANA). DSWD mobilized 2,244 family food packs in Region V for distribution; 150 packs of were also provided to Catanduanes province. The Philippine Red Cross began providing food and non-food items to 2,500 families in Albay and meals to 2,400 families in evacuation centres in Masbate province, Ormoc City and Southern Leyte province.
On 16 July, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) Glenda Task Force was convened to review the current situation and possible response in support of the Government. HCT technical staff also participated in the NDRRMC working group to assess requirements for RDANA in the affected areas. The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator issued a letter to the Government on behalf of the HCT offering international support on 15 July if required.
As of 4 p.m. (local time), Rammasun was located 160 kilometres west of Olongapo City, Zambales province with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometres per hour (km/h) and gusts of up to 170 km/h according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. The typhoon is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by the afternoon of 17 July. A new low pressure area is developing 1,090 km east of Visayas but is still outside the PAR.
The next update will be issued around 17 July.
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As the fiercest storm since Haiyan lands, the Philippines is keen to prove it has learned lessons from last year's tragedy
In June 2013, at the beginning of the rainy season, the Philippine interior secretary announced that the government was aiming for a casualty-free typhoon season. Just five months later, the country was devastated by the deadliest storm in its history.