As Typhoon Ruby (international name Hagupit) heads out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) leaving behind a trail of destruction across southern Luzon and Visayas, Inquirer looks back at the aftermath of the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 2014. While Metro Manila was spared by the wrath of Ruby, many typhoon-weary provinces still reeling from Yolanda in 2013 found themselves bracing for another monster storm. These are the photos taken by photographers of the Philippine Daily Inquirer who went to the areas in the path of the storm.
Typhoon evacuees in the Visayas started returning to their homes on Monday even as thousands remained in evacuation centers needing food and other assistance.
By Riza T. Olchondra
Power went out in several provinces in the Southern Tagalog region or Calabarzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, and Western Visayas as Tropical Storm Ruby (international codename: Hagupit) slowly made its way through the Philippines.
Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) knocked out power in entire coastal provinces, mowed down trees and sent more than 650,000 people into shelters before it weakened Sunday, sparing the central Philippines a repetition of unprecedented devastation by last year’s storm.
By Joey Gabieta
, Maricar Cingco
, Michael B. Jaucian
An elderly woman reportedly drowned in Catarman town, Northern Samar where at least 1,000 houses were damaged by storm surges spawned by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit).