08 December 2014 09:57
Typhoon Hagupit (locally named 'Ruby') reached the island of Samar in central Philippines on Saturday 6th December.
The Met Office has downgraded the typhoon from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but while it has continued to weaken, it remains a powerful storm that can lead to storm surges, flooding and landslides.
Several towns and cities in the Eastern and Northern Samar provinces remain inaccessible, as fallen debris and landslide blocked access roads. Power supplies in the track of the typhoon have experienced significant outages. Mobile networks, telephone and internet communications have also suffered outages and cannot be 100% relied upon. Airports in the Eastern Visayas region have been heavily disrupted and/or closed.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has up to date information on the situation https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines
If you are travelling to the area, we advise you to check with your airline for the latest flight information or contact your Key Travel team for assistance.Print this page