Only a year after Typhoon Washi battered the Philippines and killed 1,200 people, Typhoon Bopha arrived with similar brutal force.
50,000 terrified people fled their inundated villages after the typhoon hit last night (4th December). 175 kph/108 mph winds, gusting up to 210 kph/130 mph, make Pablo one of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines.
At least 40 people are reported to have been killed and more than 8,400 families have been evacuated. Water and high winds are bringing down trees and power lines, leaving thousands of people without electricity.
The Red Cross is responding.
Local volunteers in devastated areas are running first aid stations, manning welfare desks in 71 evacuation centres and providing hot meals to displaced families.
Stocks of sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans, mosquito nets and hygiene kits for 15,000 families are ready to deliver to people in need. Water rescue units: rubber boats, amphibian, rescue trucks and ambulances are on alert to search for people who are stranded or hurt.
Photo: Karlos Manlupig/AP/Press Association Images. Torrential rains in the Philippines brought by southwest monsoon swamped the major portions of Metro Manila and its neighbouring provinces. The flood has already affected nearly 2 million persons across six regions.