The Straits Times
Published on Jan 31, 2014

Philippine typhoon survivors brace for new storm


TACLOBAN, Philippines (AFP) - Hundreds of people who survived Super Typhoon Haiyan are bracing for a new storm that is expected to hit the central Philippines late on Friday, officials said.

Tropical storm Kajiki, packing maximum winds of 100kmh, is expected to hit the central island of Leyte before midnight, cutting through the archipelago as it heads towards the South China Sea, the government weather station said.

Although Kajiki is far weaker than Haiyan - one of the strongest storms ever to hit land with winds reaching 315kmh - authorities are still warning it could bring new flashfloods and landslides to communities living in already rudimentary shelters.

Leyte suffered the worst casualties when Super Typhoon Haiyan struck in November, flattening whole towns and leaving about 8,000 dead or missing.