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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Typhoon Rai hits the Philippines, over 100 dead

Surigao City after the storm. Photo by Philippine Coast Guard.

Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines on Saturday. The storm is responsible for over 100 fatalities.

Another 10 people are missing and 13 more were injured. The Governor of Bohol province said those numbers are expected to rise as several areas have not been able to make contact.

President Rodrigo Duterte went to the area via aircraft and has promised to provide 2 billion pesos in aid.

As Rai pounded the Philippines, heavy rainfall, strong winds and gusty winds impacted several areas around the storm's path.

The storm damaged buildings, downed trees, and cut power.

Rai is the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year.

As of 12:00 UTC December 19, Typhoon Rai is 294 km east-southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam. The storm has gusts to 240 km/h and the system is moving north at 19 km/h.

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