In the coming days after Super Typhoon Yolanda had passed through the Philippines friends and family of staff along with many guests past and present of Calypso Diving wanted to help the local communities close to Boracay affected by the devastating typhoon. With the funds raised we purchased over 2 tonnes of relief aid including drinking water, rice, canned goods, biscuits, sugar, oil and soy. The whole team and many guests went to work dividing the goods into relief parcels for the local community of Maniguin Island.
Friday 8th November 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda smashed into the Philippines. It is the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall. The Hong Kong Observatory put the storm’s maximum ten-minute sustained winds at 260km/h (160mph) and a one-minute sustained winds at 315km/h (196mph). The cyclone caused catastrophic damage to Leyte and Samar Islands. Here on Boracay we were lucky as the eye of the storm passed just below us. We suffered some broken trees and roof damage on the island. Super Typhoon Yolanda was stronger than both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy combined.
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