Super Typhoon Rammasun (aka Typhoon Glenda)
The Disaster: Bearing the name of a Thai thunder god, Typhoon Rammasun brought death and destruction to the Philippines, China, and Vietnam over four days in July. The storm bordered on Category 5 status with top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, leaving 173 people dead and over 150,000 homes destroyed. Defying expectations, Rammasun initially intensified as it passed over the islands and, as the most recent in an onslaught of powerful typhoons that have hit the Philippines over the past three years, has left scientists pondering the impact of rising ocean temperatures on the severity of these cyclones. With over 6.5 billion dollars in damage, it ranks as one of the costliest storms in 2014; particularly hard hit was southern China, which had not seen a typhoon this powerful in over four decades.
State of Recovery: Recovery in China will take several years as the government works to rebuild the provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, and Yunnan. A small percentage of the over 800,000 displaced have been able to return home. In the Philippines there are 885 transitional shelters housing over 10,000.
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