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Typhoon Vamco Devastates the Philipines

  • Rescuers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) evacuate residents from the flood brought by typhoon Vamco in Manila, the Philippines, on Nov. 12, 2020.

    Rescuers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) evacuate residents from the flood brought by typhoon Vamco in Manila, the Philippines, on Nov. 12, 2020. | Photo: Xinhua

Published 12 November 2020
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It is estimated that 1.9 million households lack power in the capital as well as nearby provinces. This, as the country still struggles to recover from the impact of Typhoon Goni in the first week of November. 

At least 11 people have died while thousands are evacuated in Manila, Philipines, after Typhoon Vamco hit the main island of Luzon, authorities reported on Thursday.

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It is estimated that 1.9 million households lack power in the capital as well as nearby provinces. This, as the country still struggles to recover from the impact of Typhoon Goni in the first week of November.

“It’s critical to quickly begin rebuilding and help people recover after a devastating typhoon, but these non-stop storms are slamming our communities during a deadly pandemic, making this one of the most complicated disaster responses ever,” Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon warned in a statement.

Vamco is the sixth storm to hit the southeast country in five weeks and the 21 typhoons in 2020. Its sustained winds reached 130 km per hour with gusts of up to 200 km.

The Coast Guard reported that it has deployed over 20 rescue teams in Manila and neighboring provinces. This as almost 200.000 people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas.

Today, the Philippines ' Disaster Information service reported that typhoon Ulysses, currently over the national territory, is forecasted to leave the country tomorrow morning. This, as security forces rescued three individuals trapped in their homes after a river overflowed due to Ulysses heavy rains.


 

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