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Typhoon Nock-Ten

Typhoon Nock-Ten was the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded worldwide and hit the Philippines in December 2016, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. A couple of years earlier, Typhoon Haiyan, which struck back in 2013, was one of the most disastrous natural calamities ever to hit the Philippines. The Southeast-Asian country is in an area which is prone to natural occurrences and has been struck by several major storms, landslides, and earthquakes in the past years.

A brief history of The Philippines

The Philippines is named after King Philip II of Spain (1556-1598), and it was a Spanish colony for over 300 years. It was taken over by the US in the early 20th century after a protracted rebellion against rule from Madrid. Spain and the US remain strongly influential, especially regarding language, religion, and government, in the country which has over 100 million inhabitants. Self-rule in 1935 was followed by full independence in 1946 under a US-style constitution.
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,000 islands. Its location, on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator, brings positive and adverse consequences. It makes the country prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also brings an abundance of natural resources and one of the world’s greatest biodiversity.

Typhoon Nock-ten was the 26th tropical storm of the annual typhoon season and formed on the 21st day of December 2016. What was originally a tropical depression southeast of Yap, quickly strengthened into the thirteenth typhoon of the season on 23rdDecember. It didn’t take long until the weather system underwent explosive intensification and became a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon early on December 25. Nock-Ten weakened shortly before making eight landfalls over the Philippines.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a total of 87,059 families were per-emptively evacuated from multiple regions. They reported three casualties, though damages have been reported to have hit $104.1 million. The typhoon left more than 11,000 passengers stranded and forced the closure of ports in the Southeast Asian country.

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