Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) hits Philippines
Even as the Philippines was trying to recover from the destruction caused by super typhoon Haiyan last year, another typhoon Rammasun smashed large parts of the Philippines killing one person and forcing hundreds of thousands to take shelter in evacuation centres. Typhoon Rammasun (also known as Glenda) hit south of Manila on the Philippine island of Luzon before moving west toward China’s Hainan Island.
Sustained wind speeds were estimated at over 230 kilometers per hour, making Rammasun a Category 4 storm (and just short of being officially classified a “super typhoon”). Rammasun, which is Thai for “God of Thunder”, is now heading into the South China Sea and is likely to hit South China.
The Philippines was recently hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 and devastated Samar and adjoining Leyte island, killing up to 7300 people in one of the nation’s worst natural disasters.