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Philippines on red alert; Nock-Ten typhoon heading its way

25 Dec 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center said that the Nock-Ten typhoon was roaring towards the east coast of Philippines.

With a wind speed of almost 150mph (240km/h), it is expected to make a landfall today in the Bicol region.

Dozens of ports have been shut down, as the officials expect an occurrence of deadly two-metre (6.6ft) waves.

In context: The agony of typhoon-prone Philippines

IntroductionPhilippines: The heartland of natural disasters

The Philippines faces the western Pacific where most equatorial waters power storms are born causing "about 20 typhoons a year."

60% of the Philippine population lives in the coastal areas with inadequate evacuation plans making them easy casualties.

Moreover, the Philippines is placed over the Pacific's earthquake and volcano Ring of Fire which is prone to earthquakes and the deforestation makes mudslides common.

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Typhoon Haiyan or the Super Typhoon Yolanda was one of the "most intense tropical cyclones on record".

It originated in Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia on November 2, 2013, and intensified.

According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the typhoon gathered the "maximum ten-minute sustained winds at 285 km/h (180 mph)" prior to landfall in the central Philippines.

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Typhoon Nock-Ten killed one person and cut power to five provinces, dampening Christmas celebrations in the Philippines; officials said it has now weakened significantly.

It also displaced thousands of villagers and stranded numerous travellers who were in the region to celebrate the end of the year.

The government said the typhoon still has sustained winds of up 140 kilometres per hour.