Deadliest typhoons in the Philippines

Lying astride the typhoon belt, the Philippines is hit with an average of 20 typhoons a year. The presence of torrential rains and powerful gusts of winds is an expected occurrence in the country. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ a typhoon will strike but ‘when’. Just in the last 5 years, the Philippines experienced 3 out of the 10 worst typhoons to ever hit the region. Death tolls reached the thousands and individual damage caused by these storms totaled billions of pesos. Here are the top 10 deadliest typhoons in the Philippines:
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Take note of the 5 tips above to make you more prepared when disaster strikes. For your assets such as a house or a car, one of the ways you can prepare for typhoons is through insurance. In the event that your car or your home is destroyed during a flood, home and car insurance policies provide you protection by covering repair costs. All this preparation may save a life or more the next time a typhoon hits.

20 – that’s the average number of typhoons the Philippines is hit with every year. Topping Germanwatch’s list of countries suffering from extreme weather, the country has the unfortunate title of being the world’s most disaster-prone country. Let’s look back at 10 deadliest typhoons to ever hit the nation:

The Top 10

1. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) (2013)
Death Toll: 6,300
Damage: Php 89.6 billion
Wind Speed: 315 km/h
2.Tropical Storm Thelma (Uring) (1991)
Death Toll: 5,100
Damage: Php 1.05 billion
Wind Speed: 95 km/h
3. Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) (2012)
Death Toll: 1,901
Damage: Php 42.2 billion
Wind Speed: 280 km/h
4. Typhoon Ike (Ruping) (1984)
Death Toll: 1,363
Damage: Php 4.1 billion
Wind Speed: 220 km/h
5. Typhoon Washi (Sendong) (2011)
Death Toll: 1,268
Damage: Php 1.6 billion
Wind Speed: 95 km/h
6. Typhoon Trix (1952)
Death Toll: 995
Damage: Php 0.88 billion
Wind Speed: 220 km/h
7. Typhoon Amy (Yoyong) (1951)
Death Toll: 991
Damage: Php 0.7 billion
Wind Speed: 240 km/h
8. Typhoon Nina (Sisang) (1987)
Death Toll: 979
Damage: Php 1.12 billion
Wind Speed: 240 km/h
9. Typhoon Fengshen (Frank) (2008)
Death Toll: 939
Damage: Php 4.27 billion
Wind Speed: 165 km/h
10. Typhoon Angela (Rosing) (1995)
Death Toll: 936
Damage: Php 10.83 billion
Wind Speed: 260 km/h

 Be Prepared!

Minimize damages caused by typhoons with the 5 tips below:

1. Know your surroundings – higher grounds, evacuation routes, etc. The higher you are when a flood occurs, the safer you are.

2. Familiarize yourself with emergency numbers
Red Cross: (02)527-8385; (02)527-0000
Philippine National Police (PNP): 117 or send TXT PNP to 2920
National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council: (02)911-1406; (02)911-1873; (02)912-2665; (02)912-5668

3. Clear loose and clogged gutters and downsprouts for better drainage.

4. Trim shrubs and trees so they are more wind-resistant and act as a buffer.

5. Reinforce and repair roof tiles and garage doors. Loose objects are hazardous.

Because of its geographical location, the Philippines is prone to natural disasters. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ the next storm will strike. The best thing to do is to prepare yourself even before a typhoon forecast. The 5 tips above will make you less susceptible when calamity strikes.

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