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Tornadoes can be the aftermath of a typhoon after it

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estimated to grow to 403 million in 2050. Tornadoes can be the aftermath of a typhoon after it reaches land and continues its path creating powerful thunderstorms. Typhoons are generally very strong because of the Pacific’s warm water, and therefore are more frequent. They are also classified on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Typhoon Bopha slammed into the Philippine’s on December 4, 2012 packing 87 mph winds with gusts reaching over 100mph. The typhoon caused 300,000 people to seek refuge in evacuation centers due to torrential downpours, downed trees, downed power lines, and destroyed homes in the local communities. The death toll reached 423 with more expected with recovery efforts while uncovering the land in which has been filled with mud from mudslides caused by the heavy rains. (Gomez, 2012) It was only a year ago when a similar storm killed 6
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1,200 residents living in Mindanao as the Philippine’s is hit by almost 20 typhoons annually. The videos associated with the disaster represent the devastation of this storm on high-populated area with low-cost structures. Even if the residents were to evacuate they truly had nowhere to go as the storm surge created impossible action to recovery to take place. In 2012, the Philippine’s is home to 93.2 million residents and is expected to grow to 154 million by the year 2050. Recovery and relief efforts would seem pointless and extremely difficult knowing the percentages for a typhoon causing destruction in the same year. “The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) today praised the improved performance of early warning systems in the Philippines as Typhoon Bopha cut a swathe of destruction across the country resulting in over 200 deaths and significant economic losses. UNISDR Head of Regional Office for Asia, Jerry Velasquez, said: "This time last year over 1,400 people died on Mindanao in a similar event but this time big improvements in the early warning systems have saved many lives. More than 167,000 people have been evacuated to shelters." (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2012) In conclusion, as our population continues to grow around the world, so will the death tolls associated with natural disasters. Governments will continue to spend money for new technology in warning systems enabling them to conduct faster and efficient warning systems to those in danger. We as a society must make the decision, if a decision is possible, to live in areas with a high percentage of a disaster striking your community. Cohabitation, knowledge, preparedness, and educating ourselves with tools and strategies to enhance readiness and personal safety will help in providing for the future. “ We cannot stop natural disasters but we can 7
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arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn't have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness. ” (Petra Nemcova) Works Cited Abbott, P. (2012). Natural disasters . (8th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. Munich RE. (2013, January 3).
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