Thousands flee as Tropical storm approaches Philippines

U.S. Marines aboard a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter make an aerial assessment Feb. 19, 2006, of the Feb. 17, 2006, landslide in Leyte, Philippines. (Archive – U.S. Navy)

Officials in the Philippines say that tens of thousands were forced to flee their residence due to floods caused by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak barrelled towards the eastern Philippines.

Evacuation camps received over 38.000 people affected by the storm after the approaching cyclone caused floods and landslides on Samar and nearby Leyte island.

These islands, population of about 4.5 million, had witnessed the devastating aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan four years ago, which claimed more than 7,350 casualties between dead or missing.

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