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On Friday, what forecasters predict was the worst storm to ever make landfall in recorded history struck the east coast of the Philippines before blowing through the central islands of the country and into the South China Sea, bringing sustained winds of 190 mph and gusts of up to 275 mph. The resulting storm surge caused sea levels to rise as much as 20 feet. An archipelago, the Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands.
The country is still assessing the effects of the storm, but many officials agree that because of the extent of the damage to infrastructure like airports, relief efforts in the hardest hit areas will be hampered. We’ll keep you updated as the situation on the ground becomes clearer. To learn more about the country, explore the points on the map in the affected region and check out our blog post if you want to know how you can help.
Manila is the capital of the Philippines and second largest city in the country. Positioned on the western side of Luzon Island and on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, the city has a long history including an era of Spanish rule as well as 50 years under American control that ended in 1948.
Leyte is an island that is a part of the Visayas group in the Philippines. Tacloban City, on the east coast, is a major center of population there, along with Ormoc City on the west.
It was the site of WWII’s the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history.
Initial reports indicate that it is the region hardest hit by the super typhoon.
The City of Tacloban is located on the eastern shore of Leyte island. With a population of more than 200,000, it is reportedly one of the hardest hit by the typhoon.
Samar Island is the easternmost island in the Visayas group. Initial reports indicate that it was heavily damaged during the storm.
Cebu City is located on the eastern shore of Cebu Island and is an important center of commerce for the Philippines, because it is the largest port city, home to about 80% of the country’s shipping companies.
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