Super Typhoon Haiyan To Be Followed by Tropical Depression Zoraida

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 07:09 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines over the weekend by killing as many as 10,000, precedes another storm this week: Tropical Depression Zoraida.

Zoraida's heavy rains reached the Filipino island of Mindanao on Monday, and the storm is expected to move northwest and make landfall Tuesday morning in Surigao del Sur, the Philippines Star reported.

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"On the forecast track, the core of Zoraida will make landfall along the border of Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental, passing across Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental on Tuesday afternoon through evening and will traverse the Mindanao Sea early Wednesday morning on its way to the Sulu Sea," according to Weather Philippines.

The rain from Zoraida will likely cause more of a strain on the ongoing recovery effort. The Manila government has declared a national state of emergency, as countless bodies continue to wash up across the Philippines four days after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the archipelago nation.


"We are certainly expecting the worst. As we get more and more access we find the tragedy of more and more people killed in this typhoon," top UN humanitarian official John Ging told Australia's 7 News.

As the death toll mounts and hundreds of thousands remains without necessities, desperation has taken hold. In some quarters of the country, individuals looted a Red Cross aid convoy on Sunday. Grocery stores have been looted as well in some of the hardest hit areas. As a result, local and federal authorities have been called in to quell the mobs that have been roaming the streets in some areas.

"We have sent substantial (forces) there and if we need to add some more, it won't be just the police but even the armed forces," Civil Defense Office Spokesman Reynaldo Balido said on ABS-CBN.

As part of the international response to help those in need throughout the Philippines, the U.S Marines landed Monday with two U.S. C-130 transport planes to provide water, generators and other critical supplies to survivors.

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"I don't believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house," U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over the city of Tacloban earlier this week, Fox News reported. "We saw bodies everywhere."

With wind speeds of up to 195 mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan is considered the strongest recorded tropical cyclone to make landfall.

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