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Super Typhoon Hagupit May Hit The Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit is suspected to hit Philippines this Saturday, and will affect about 30 million residents.

The Typhoon which is also known as Ruby in the Philippines intensity was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific Ocean.

It is on course for the Eastern Samar province and the city of Tacloban which was badly hit by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, is one of the places which might be hit by this coming typhoon .

Even though Typhoon Hagupit is not as powerful as Haiyan it is still very dangerous as it will cause heavy rain, storm surges and  landslides.

In fact BBC News reported that Typhoon Hagupit could bring storm surges up to one storey-high.

 

Photos: Taiwan Plane Crash, 48 Killed

The plane came down in buildings in a village near Magong airport in Penghu

The plane came down in buildings in a village near Magong airport in Penghu

A Taiwanese ATR-72 TransAsia Airways plane crashed in Xixi village outside the Magong airport in Taiwan’s Penghu archipelago on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

The ATR 72 turboprop aircraft departed from the southern municipality of Kaohsiung at 17:43 local time (09:43 GMT), but lost contact with controllers at 19:06, CNA said, citing the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

The plane, carrying 58 people, crashed into buildings after a failed attempt to land at Magong airport.

BBC News reported that forty-eight people were killed while another 10 people were injured.

A few empty apartment buildings adjacent to the runway caught fire after the crash.

Officials said that two French nationals were among the dead, and no crew members are thought to have survived.

Five Penghu residents were injured on the ground but by Thursday morning all had been discharged from hospital, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said.

Official said visibility at the time of the crash was 1,600m (one mile) and within acceptable standards for landing, despite the stormy weather.