MANILA — “The trees snapped like matchsticks.”
Ed Boysillo, 54, a municipal employee in Ubay, within the central Philippine province of Bohol, was describing the fearsome energy of Tremendous Hurricane Rai. The storm made its first landfall on Dec. 16, bringing torrential rains and packing winds as much as 168 miles per hour, similar to a Class 5 hurricane.
It blew away buildings, swelled rivers to overflow and compelled greater than seven million individuals to flee their houses. It minimize off energy, water and communications. It broken important infrastructure.
As of Monday morning, the storm had killed 389 individuals, injured 1,146 others and left 65 lacking, official figures present. Greater than half 1,000,000 individuals have been nonetheless in evacuation facilities or staying with pals and relations.