With Super Typhoon Haiyan making landfall in northern Vietnam late Sunday, Nov. 10, catastrophe modeling firm RMS summarized early damage reports from local agencies on its website today.
In a Nov. 11 catastrophe update, RMS said that Haiyan made landfall in Vietnam late on Sunday 10 November near Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province, approximately 90 miles (150 km) east of Ha Noi.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center prior to landfall, Haiyan had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h), equivalent to a weak Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS), and was moving to the north-northwest at 17 mph (28 km/h).
According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting in Vietnam, Haiyan’s strong winds have damaged the roofs of over 100 homes in Quang Ninh with damaged homes also reported in Quang Ngai and Phu Yen. Quang Ninh appears to be the worst affected province, RMS said.
The storm has downed trees and knocked out power and communications in Ha Long and Can Pha cities, and Van Don district. Widespread blackouts are being reported across Quang Ninh province.
According to a report issued Monday morning by the National Committee of Search and Rescue, at least 13 people in the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Thua Thien-Hue were killed, RMS said in its update.
In China, gales and rainstorms have cut power supply, led to waterlogging and uprooted trees in some urban areas in the resort city of Sanya, Hainan, while more than 200 flights at Hainan’s airports have been cancelled or delayed.
Heavy rainfall is forecast for southeastern provinces, which could result in landslides and flooding.
In the Philippines, the latest situation report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) indicates that approximately 23,000 homes are known to have been damaged, of which 13,000 have been totally damaged and 10,000 partially damaged.
The official death toll in the Philippines stands at 255, but media reports suggest that over 10,000 people have been killed by the storm.