10 Deadliest Typhoons in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon season has arrived here in the Philippines. PAGASA predicts that 11 to 16 cyclones will enter the Philippine area of responsibility from June to December this year. The weather bureau even warned that due to the effects of El Niño phenomenon, this year’s typhoons will be stronger.

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PAGASA deputy administrator for research and development told the Philippine Star that “In terms of the (the El Niño’s impact on cyclones), we expect that more cyclones will reach typhoon category, which is 118 kilometers per hour.”

And who can forget Ondoy and Milenyo? Those destructive cyclones happened during two different El Niño seasons in the Philippines.

In this post, we’ll look back at 10 deadly typhoons that have rocked the Philippines.

10) Typhoon Angela (Rosing) – This typhoon was one of the strongest storms to hit the Philippines. Rosing brought winds of up to 260 kms per hour. 936 people lost their lives because of Rosing which battered Bicol and Manila in November 1995.

9) Typhoon Fengshen (Frank) – Typhoon Frank ripped through the central Philippines in June 2008. This typhoon caused the death of 938 people.

8) Typhoon Nina (Sisang) – In 1987, Sisang tore through the Bicol region where it caused mudslides down Mayon volcano. 979 people died because of Typhoon Nina.

7) Typhoon Amy (Yoyong) – The floods and landslides caused by Yoyong in December 1951 killed 991 people when it ripped through the central Philippines.

6) Typhoon Trix – Typhoon Trix caused floods and landslides in the Bicol region. The devastation caused the death of 995 people back in October 1952.

5) Typhoon Washi (Sendong) – 1,080 people lost their lives when Sendong hit northern Mindanao in December 2011. What made this typhoon very deadly was that it hit an area that is not typically visited by typhoons. Sendong dumped as much as 50 millimeters of rain, which was as much as what Ondoy dumped in Metro Manila in 2009.

4) Typhoon Ike (Ruping) – In August 1984, Ruping ripped through the central Philippines and caused the death of 1,363 people.

3) Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) – A year after Sendong, Mindanao was again hit by another deadly typhoon. 1,900 people were dead or missing when Pablo Mindanao in December 2012. Pablo was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines that year.

2) Tropical Storm Thelma (Uring) – In November 1991, flash floods hit Ormoc in Leyte when Tropical Storm Thelma (Uring) smashed through the island. This storm killed more than 5,100 people. Uring let loose 150 mm of rain on the Visayas and as much as 580 mm of rain on Leyte.

1) Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) – Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. This super typhoon had gusts of as strong as 315 km/h. 6,340 people were confirmed dead because of this typhoon and another 1,061 were declared missing. Most of the fatalities were recorded in Eastern Visayas.

The list of deadly typhoons above serves as a reminder that the Philippines is prone to these Typhoons that not just damage property, but also take lives. This coming typhoon season, you might want to do some drills with your whole family on what to do in case of a disaster. You should have a four-day supply of food and water, warm clothes, fuel, and having flashlights and radios with extra batteries when you know that a big storm is coming. You might also want to make sure your house insurance and comprehensive car insurance policy got you covered in case of flooding and other natural disasters.

Knowing where the nearest emergency shelters are is also recommended as this might just save your lives when the floods strike.

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