Digital Desk, Manila. Cyclone Rai made landfall in southern Philippines – Hurricane Rai, which has affected the Philippines the most, has made landfall in the island of Sirgao in the southern Philippines. The weather bureau of the Philippines gave this information. Thousands of its residents were forced to evacuate after a storm hit the Philippines on Thursday afternoon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the rai intensified as it approached Sirgao in Surigao del Norte province, with maximum winds of 195 kmph to 240 kmph. Rai is forecast to move west-northwest and cross several provinces in the central Philippines regions before emerging over the Sulu Sea on Friday morning. It is expected to cross northern or central Palawan province on Friday afternoon or evening.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said more than 45,000 people had been evacuated due to the threat of flash floods and tornadoes, including coastal villages in the central Philippines and northern Mindanao. The Philippine Coast Guard said about 4,000 people, about 1,800 rolling cargo, and more than 80 ships were stranded in the central Philippines, the Bicol region and northeastern Mindanao due to the threat of a typhoon. The governor of eastern Samar province, Ben Evadren, said about 30,000 residents had been evacuated from 21 of the province’s 23 cities.
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