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GDACS Red Alert - Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Laos, Viet Nam, Philippines, Palau

      

gdacs.org - November 7, 2013

 

Tropical Cyclone HAIYAN-13 can have a high humanitarian impact based on the Maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Updated: this report is based on advisory number 20.

  • Tropical Cyclone Hurricane/Typhoon > 150 mph (maximum wind speed of 315 km/h)
  • from 04/11/2013 00:00 UTC to 08/11/2013 00:00 UTC
  • Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 17.7 million
  • Vulnerability: High

 

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