Office staff battle against super typhoon Rai winds shaking glass entrance of building in the Philippines

Employees of a building pushed its glass doors being whipped by violent winds during super Typhoon Rai in the Philippines.

Video taken in Cebu City on December 16 shows four men shoring up the building’s glass entrance, which was shaking with the force of the gales. They also used ropes to hold the glass panels together tightly.

Onlooker Cha Lopez said: ‘It’s their initiative for the safety of everyone in the building.’

Typhoon Rai, known locally as Odette, smashed into the Philippines on December 16, with winds of up to 195 kilometres per hour, making its first landfall on Siargao island. The powerful typhoon left widespread devastation across the country’s Visayas and Mindanao Islands.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said more than 1.8 million people have been affected by Typhoon Rai, leaving at least 156 people dead and 275 more injured.

Meanwhile the Philippine National Police said the death tally has reached 375 as of Tuesday December 21. The NDRRMC said it is now verifying the data.

Local government units in affected areas have reported power outages and telecommunication problems, with coastal areas suffering the brunt of the damage.

National weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Typhoon Rai left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday December 18. It is now moving along China’s southeastern coast.