The Philippines Braces For Typhoon Hagupit

In central Philippines, the government is attempting to calm panic that is arising due to Typhoon Hagupit threatening to wreak more havoc on the nation.

Last year, Super Typhoon Haiyan, a horrific storm from which the Philippines has yet to fully recover, left the island broken.

Yahoo News indicates the details of the approaching typhoon in today’s report.

“Typhoon Hagupit was churning across the Pacific around 720 km (450 miles) southeast of the island nation on Thursday, the local weather bureau said, packing winds of up to 205 kph (130 mph) near the center with gusts of up to 240 kph.”

Schools and government have been shut down, and citizens of central Philippines are frantically buying up supplies to ensure survival. Authorities have indicated that this reaction is necessary, as Hagupit is likely to pass near areas that are still mourning the loss and devastation suffered due to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left 7,350 people either dead or missing.

Fox News draws attention to a survivor of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

“Sagales, who gave birth to a baby girl in a crowded makeshift clinic filled with the injured and the dying near the Tacloban airport in the aftermath of last year’s typhoon, said the approaching storm [Hagupt] had triggered bad memories.

“‘The trauma has returned,’ the 23-year-old Sagales said, adding she packed her clothes Thursday after officials in her village alerted everyone that they might have move. ‘It’s worse now because I didn’t have a baby to worry about last year and I had not experienced how it was to be right in the middle of a big typhoon.’”

The Philippines’ government is in constant talks as to how to avoid mishaps that occurred when dealing with the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon Hagupit (known as Ruby to the Philippines) is posing just as much threat as last year’s storm which many feel was not handled as well as it could have been.

Rappler reminds of this and gives insights as to the concerns raised at recent governmental meetings, noting that “questions focused on government’s difficulties and lapses in the aftermath of [Haiyan]. Government was heavily criticized for the perceived slowness of pace of relief operations.”

According to Rappler, “communication lines were down for days and power, out for months after the storm. Fuel also became a sparse commodity in towns and cities hit by the storm.” The nation is attempting to ensure that the response to any pending destruction is much speedier and that a preset plan can help to avoid as much suffering.

President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines has indicated his own disappointments in regards to the relief efforts of last year, and intends to meet Typhoon Hagiput with much more caution and preparedness.

“I will not be patient [when it comes to] excuses after Haiyan,” Aquino said,.”The checklist for what should be done, preferably should have been done yesterday.”

Typhoon Hagupit is expected to make landfall by Saturday.

[Image courtesy of the Associated Press]