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Time for Kids: "Typhoon in the Philippines"

November 25, 2013
A powerful tropical storm in the Philippines leaves thousands dead. Read the full story here.
massive
The Philippines is reeling from a massive typhoon that hit its eastern seaboard on Friday.
typhoon
A typhoon is a tropical storm with winds stronger than 74 miles per hour.
devastation
“The devastation is… I don’t have words for it,” said Philippines Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
horrific
“It’s really horrific.
tragedy
"It’s a great human tragedy.”
survivor
Survivors walk among debris and fallen electric posts in Tacloban on November 10.
debris
Survivors walk among debris and fallen electric posts in Tacloban on November 10.
tropical
A typhoon is a tropical storm with winds stronger than 74 miles per hour.
hurricane
It is the same as a hurricane, but scientists call the storms different names depending on where they occur.
prime
Its warm ocean waters make it a prime location for them to form.
ravaged
But no storm has ravaged the country like Haiyan.
central
Haiyan barreled across the central islands of the Philippines with a storm surge of 20 feet and winds reaching 200 miles per hour.
surge
Haiyan barreled across the central islands of the Philippines with a storm surge of 20 feet and winds reaching 200 miles per hour.
province
Among the areas hardest hit is the eastern province of Leyte.
welfare
The Department of Social Welfare and Development says 9.5 million people have been affected by Haiyan.
shelter
“The U.S. government is organizing emergency shipments of critically needed material to provide shelter to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos driven from their homes by this unprecedented typhoon,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
unprecedented
“The U.S. government is organizing emergency shipments of critically needed material to provide shelter to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos driven from their homes by this unprecedented typhoon,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
restore
Though aid has arrived in the Philippines, the work to restore the country has only just begun.

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