MOSCOW, December 6 (Sputnik) — Authorities of the Philippines have evacuated over 616,000 people from the areas likely to be affected by the typhoon Ruby, roaring toward the country, authorities said in a Saturday press release.
According to the data provided by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the typhoon continues to threaten the island state's eastern Samar Provinces, while maintaining its course.
The NDRRMC expects the typhoon to bring strong winds, heavy rain and up to 14 feet-storm surge to the Eastern Samar province by Sunday morning.
The approaching typhoon has so far resulted in the cancellation of 88 flights, according to the agency.
The Philippines is routinely affected by typhoons during the monsoon rains period from June to December. Typhoon Haiyan, that struck the country along with Micronesia, southern China and Vietnam in November 2013, caused over 6,300 deaths, thousands of injuries, and demolished infrastructure. The damage stretched over many thousands of miles, affecting about 14 million people.