Philippines lauded for handling of typhoon

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Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines in November 2013 leaving a trail of destruction, UNOCHA

The government of the Philippines has been commended by the UN for its handling of a typhoon that hit the Asian country over the weekend.

Typhoon Hagupit, which struck the country on Saturday, is reported to have weakened as it headed towards the capital, Manila on Monday and has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

According to reports, at least 21 people were killed but the damage was not as extensive as had been feared.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) praised the Philippines for its "zero casualty" approach to managing the extreme weather event.

The agency said that this was evidence of Asia's leadership role in reducing mortality and tackling economic losses from disasters.

UNISDR Chief Margaretha Wahlström said the Philippine government had done an excellent job of putting into action the lessons learned from Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November 2013 was one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded killing more than 6,000 people.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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