- Title: Aid arrives for typhoon victims in the northern Philippines
- Date: 20th October 2016
- Summary: ILOCOS NORTE PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES (OCTOBER 20, 2016) (REUTERS) TRUCK IN FRONT OF GOVERNMENT MUNICIPAL BUILDING VARIOUS OF MEN MOVING BOXES FROM TRUCK RELIEF GOODS BEING STACKED AID WORKER CARRYING RELIEF GOODS FROM TRUCK VARIOUS OF AID WORKERS PASSING RELIEF GOODS INSIDE BUILDING SOCIAL WORKER, LILIAN RIN, TALKING TO JOURNALIST (SOUNDBITE) (mixture of English and Filipino) SOCIAL WORKER, LILIAN RIN, SAYING: "I think we really need these because for how many days it's been raining hard and the others need it, especially our fisher folks who can't fish." VARIOUS OF WARNING SIGN READING (English): "STORM SURGE/TSUNAMI ZONE. IN CASE OF STORM SURGE/ EARTHQUAKE GO TO HIGH GROUND OR INLAND" BOAT AND DAMAGED HOUSE ALONG COAST LINE VARIOUS OF DAMAGED HOUSE FISHERMAN, CESAR BAROGA, IN FRONT OF DAMAGED HOUSE WITH A CHILD FISHERMAN, CESAR BAROGA, IN FRONT OF DAMAGED HOUSE BAROGA SHOWING DAMAGED BOAT (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) FISHERMAN, CESAR BAROGA, SAYING: "When the storm is gone, we'll have it fixed. But the problem is how can we fix it if we don't have any money." VEHICLE PASSING THROUGH HIGHWAY COVERED IN TREE BRANCHES GOVERNMENT WORKERS CLEARING FALLEN TREE BRANCHES FROM ROAD MAN THROWING FALLEN TREE BRANCH ONTO TRUCK MAN CHAIN-SAWING FALLEN TREE BRANCH GOVERNMENT WORKERS CLEARING DEBRIS FROM ROAD
- Embargoed: 4th November 2016 13:21
- Keywords: typhoon Haima aftermath damage relief goods aid
- Location: ILOCOS NORTE PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES
- City: ILOCOS NORTE PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA00154T70P3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Aid workers delivered relief goods on Thursday (October 20) after a powerful typhoon ripped through the northern Philippines, damaging houses, toppling power lines and causing thousands of villagers to leave their homes.
Super Typhoon Haima, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in three years, ripped through major rice growing regions, damaging crops and houses, and forced more than 90,000 people to flee to safer ground, officials said on Thursday. The storm barreled through the provinces of La Union, Ilocos and Cagayan with its 225 km per hour to 305 kph winds.
At least 5,000 additional relief packs were delivered to Ilocos Norte for the evacuees who were forced to leave their homes due to Haima's nearly five metre high storm surge.
The local government has also started clearing debris from the road and assess the damage caused by the typhoon.
One fisherman decided to return home, but saw his house and fishing boat badly damaged by the winds.
"When the storm is gone, we'll have it fixed. But the problem is how can we fix it if we don't have any money," said fisherman Cesar Baroga.
The state weather bureau said Haima has weakened as it exited the landmass on Thursday afternoon and is currently heading northwest towards the South China Sea.
There were no confirmed typhoon-related casualties yet other than the death of a 70-year-old man who reportedly succumbed to heart attack while in an evacuation centre in Isabela.
Haima is the 12th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. An average of 20 typhoons hit the Southeast Asian nation every year. Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines in 2013, killing at least 6,000 people.
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