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Tropical Storm Tembin Hits The Philippines Hard

The tropical storm called Tembin (also known as Vinta in the Philippines) has brought on flash flooding and mudslides to the island of Mindanao, located in the southern part of the Philippines. Even though tropical storms are very common in the Philippines, usually they do not occur at Mindanao. This makes this storm particularly a threat to the residents of the Philippines and the neighboring areas.

“The river rose […] homes were swept away. The village is no longer there,” said police officer Gerry Parami,

This raises an alarm to those in neighboring parts of the South China Sea, as currently 74 people have been killed according to reports from Tembin. Many rescuers were sent to help in the aftermath, however little progress has been made. Boulders have been moved during the storm, which have buried many homes. To add on to that, the loss of communication lines have led to rescue efforts staying at a low amount.

The tropical storm risk tracker accurately portrays that the Tembin storm is not slowing down anytime soon and will most likely make its way west, eventually to southern Vietnam.

According to CNN, thousands of people had to be evacuated from Tembin and rescue operations occured in numerous cities. Because of Tembin, an even larger impact would be made on the entire South China Sea region as seas will become more dangerous, strong winds will spread and days of power outages will grow.

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Tomii Eames is a high school student in California who loves to write at the intersection of societal issues. She is a writer, feminist, and based in the Silicon Valley.

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