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Beyond The Headlines: why superstorms are the new normal

Beyond The Headlines explains why typhoons and hurricanes are devastating parts of the world

The Philippines is no stranger to storms. The country's group of islands weather around 20 storms and typhoons a year. But when news of supertyphoon Goni was announced, it took action, preparing itself as best it could under the restrictions of Covid-19.

More than 390,000 people left their homes as this year’s strongest storm hit the archipelago on the November 1.

The storm was the most powerful typhoon to make landfall on the islands since 2013, when Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 6,000 people.

As Goni left a trail of devastation in the Philippines, another storm was brewing on the other side of the world. Hurricane Eta bore down on Nicaragua, damaging homes, tearing down power lines and causing flash flooding. This year has experienced more storms from the Atlantic ocean than ever in recorded history.

On this week's Beyond the Headlines, host Sulaiman Hakemy looks at why climate change means superstorms are the new normal.

Updated: November 22, 2020 09:27 AM

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