Philippine-held island in Chinas South-East suffers typhoon damage

Philippine-held island in Chinas South-East suffers typhoon damage ...

MANILA, Dec 22, 2018 - The deadly typhoon that killed hundreds of people in the Philippines also destroyed many houses and infrastructure in the country's biggest, strategically most important post in the South China Sea, which also had a new coast guard station.

, which killed nearly 400 and killed hundreds of thousands, hit the remote island of Thitu, one of the nine features the Philippines occupies in the Spratly archipelago - exactly as the property has been upgraded to a new building, including a runway.

The island is more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) from the Philippines.

"As soon as possible, we will rebuild the coast guard station," told Reuters. "We need Pagasa, it's vital to our country," said Balilo, adding that the island's hometown name.

The Thitu population of only 194 people as of July has a strategic goal for Manila - preserving a Philippine sovereignty on the face of a resurgent China.

China claims its sovereignty over the Spratlys, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have all competing claims for a part or all of the islands.

Coast Guard official Balilo said that the inhabitants of the island are safe, and the coast guard's priority was sending relief supplies.

The coast guard images show the traces of damage left behind by Rai on Thitu, from uprooted trees to the roofs and wall of homes being torn off. "With no evacuation center standing, but the windows were also broken."

Rai, which struck the Philippines last Thursday, was the most striking typhoon this year. It has affected 1.8 million and displaced 630,000 residents, a report told the U.N. Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs.

This revived the memories of the tsunami brought in in the Philippines in 2013 by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded and killed 6300 people.

Balilo said that the coastguard managed to reach the island of Dinagat, first in the southeast province, following the typhoon on Tuesday to give desperately needed relief supplies, the woman had asked the residents for food, water and shelter.

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