As Hagupit Strikes the Philippines ASYA Search and Rescue Team put on full alert

ISTANBUL: Typhoon Hagupit which was slammed into Philippines on Friday with 175 km/h velocity forced 2, 5 million people to leave their homes. Turkish charity of Kimse Yok Mu’s ASYA search and rescue team representative held a press conference in Istanbul on Monday about the disaster and give critical information about latest situation in the locations which have been severely hitting by typhoon Hagupit.

ASYA Coordinator İsmail Buyukay gave detailed information on Typhoon Hagupit and said there has not been major devastation as much as Haiyan, which had caused tremendous human loss and property damages mainly in Tacloban.

Buyukay stated that, a total of 700 thousands of people have been evacuated since the beginning of the typhoon. More than 60 thousands of people, who live in the coastal areas, were placed to the more reliable building.

“We took some information that at least 4 people have been killed during since the beginning of the typhoon and 80 per cent of a city which was hit severely by Hagupit damaged.

He also added that as ASYA they are at vigilance. We have been following the Hagupit from the map since it has been started to striking the Philippines. “We have been taking information from the Philippines since the beginning of the Hagupit,” noted Buyukay .

Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded; devastating portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in early-November 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon recorded in modern history, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of one-minute sustained wind speed. As of January 2014, bodies were still being found.

The thirtieth named storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, Haiyan originated from an area of low pressure several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia on November 2, 2013. Tracking generally westward, environmental conditions favored tropical cyclogenesis and the system developed into a tropical depression the following day. After becoming a tropical storm and attaining the name Haiyan at 0000 UTC on November 4, the system began a period of rapid intensification that brought it to typhoon intensity by 1800 UTC on November 5. By November 6, the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) assessed the system as a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale; the storm passed over the island of Kayangel in Palau shortly after attaining this strength. The Kimse Yok Mu association is renowned as a global charity that manages to reach the most remote corners of the world.

SOURCE: CIHAN