Oct 24, 2016

Super Typhoon Haima Damaged or Destroyed Nearly Every Home In This Philippine City, Official Says

Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Philippines
by
Pam Wright
,
The Weather Channel

Super Typhoon Haima destroyed or damaged nearly every home in one Philippine city when it made landfall Thursday, officials say.

According to a report cited on the local news site Rappler, the provincial government of Cagayan said it is possible that 100 percent of houses in Tuguegarao City were either partially or completely damaged by Super Typhoon Haima, known locally as Lawin. 

The report noted that many commercial establishments in the city that is home to almost 153,000 were damaged or destroyed, and the roof of Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba's house was blown off.

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Fortunately, the loss of life from Haima was minimal compared to what might have happened had residents stayed behind when the typhoon hit with its 100 mph winds. Instead, nearly 100,000 were evacuated prior to the storm's arrival, saving untold lives. Still, the storm killed at least 13.