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Typhoon Lawin hits Philippines

In last days, the Northern part of the Philippines Archipelago has been hit by a new natural catastrophe. The Typhoon known in the world as Haima and called Lawin in the Philippines, formed in the Pacific Ocean a week ago and then directed his strength towards China, finding in its way Luzon, the main Island of the country.devast3

Devastation caused by the Typhoon in the region of Cagayan.

pic-mapThe Typhoon concentrated itself on the Northeast part of the island, involving more of all the regions of Cagayan and Isabela, putting under alarm the whole Luzon Island.

For the whole day and night of Wednesday 19th, Lawin tried the preparedness and resistance of the local population, landing first on the town of Peñablanca and then finding its way to the North.

Areas exposed to Lawin Typhoon according to Weather Bureau

pic-kitAuthorities has been alarming the local population for a long period now and they had time to prepare different measures of relief: closure of Schools, suspension of public transports and of all of the flights departing from Luzon.

Furthermore, they individuated public structures in order to welcome people living in hazard prone areas, put at work several emergency lines and groups of civil protections plus numerous volunteers.

The surviving Kit suggested by authorities of Government in San Fernando La Union.

Also in La Union region, where our Kito Health Unit operates, the Typhoon caused quite some hardships as the suspension of the electric energy providing, of course putting the center in the impossibility to provide services in last days. We are right now in contact with our local partners to better understand the problems caused by the disaster and to assist to the restart of all activities.

Even if for now there are no ascertained direct victims caused by the Typhoon, the damages checking is quite impressing. In the Cagayan region a lot of landslides and floods occurred, hitting major inhabited centers. Furthermore, a lot of houses and buildings have seen their roofs flying away because of the strong wind, together with massive spread destruction.

According to PAGASA Weather Bureau, the Typhoon has left Luzon Island Thursday at 5.00 PM, local time, allowing authorities to start working for the normalization of the situation.

Notwithstanding the fact that Lawin is considered the second strongest Typhoon occurred in the whole 2016, Philippines public authorities seem to have succeeded in limiting risks of the disaster towards the population.

Same thing is hard to say with regard to constructions and infrastructures, but is clear that when confronting these natural catastrophes, of this dimension, even the more developed regions of the Philippines Archipelago struggles to manage the level of destruction.

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