After the Twin Typhoons / by John Javellana

On September 27, 2011, typhoon Nesat made landfall over the Luzon region of Philippines with such force that it placed itself as the second costliest typhoon that has ever hit the country. With damages amounting to 15 billion Pesos ($333 million USD) and over 83 deaths, it has even surpassed typhoon Ketsana which caused havoc to the country exactly two years earlier. Nesat was the first of twin tropical cyclones to batter the Philippines within one week during September 2011, the second was Nalgae. The two typhoons combined to displace an estimated 500,000 people, about half of whom are in temporary shelter areas on the main island of Luzon by the first week of October.