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On Thursday it was announced by Supreme Commander Gen Thanasak Pratimakorn that Thailand’s armed forces will sent a C-130 aircraft with medical teams and supplies to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
He said that the Philippines is now in urgent need of supplies and medical assistance to treat those affected. The Thai military are discussing the fastest way to send assistance and to ensure they are sending what the Filipino people need. Financial support will also be provided.
Meanwhile Army Commander in Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha presented Bt930,000 to Col Reuben Basiao, the defence and armed forces attache of Philippines to Thailand to help the Philippines in the wake of the super typhoon.
Typhoon Haiyan, know in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda is the second deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 2,427 people. The thirteenth named storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season. Haiyan originated from an area of low pressure several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Pohnpei in the Federal States of Micronesia on the 2nd of November. Tracking generally westward, environmental conditions favored tropical cyclogenesis and the system developed into a tropical depression the following day. After becoming a tropical storm and attainting the name Haiyan on November 4th the system began a period of rapid intensification that brought it to typhoon intensity by 1800 on the 5th of November. By November 6th, the joint Typhoon Warning Center assessed the system as a category 5 equivalent super typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. The storm passed over the island of Kayangel in Palau shortly after attaining its strength.
It continued to intensify and at 1200 on November 7th the Japan Meteorological Agency upgraded the storm’s maximum ten-minute sustained winds to 235 km/h the highest in relation to the cyclone. At 1800 that increased to 315 km/h making it the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever observed. Several hours later the eye of the storm made its first landfall in the Philippines at Guiuan, Eastern Samar, without any change in intensity. Gradually weakening the storm made five additional landfalls in the country before emerging over the South China Sea. It turned northwestward and eventually struck northern Vietnam as a severe tropical storm on November 10th