Sun 31 May 2020

Typhoon Vongfong Devastates Central Philippine Islands

Vongfong, the first typhoon of the season, devastated some islands in the central Philippines by making landfall six times in the first 24 hours of its passage through the nation.

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Typhoon Vongfong Devastates Central Philippine Islands

This was the first typhoon with destructive winds and heavy rains, according to the Philippine weather agency, which raised the alarm to level 3 in the southern provinces of the island of Luzon; and level 2 in the central zone, where the Manila area is located.

Vongfong dropped slightly after touching down 6 times; with winds of 125 km/h and up to 165 km/h, compared to the 180 km/h gusts revealed yesterday by Pagasa in the central area of the Philippines. Where districts like Samar Norte and Sorsogon are without electricity service.

The strong winds persist

Even with slightly weakened winds, the wind speed driving the typhoon can be fatal as it approaches Manila, where a quarter of its 13 million people live in substandard housing.

The National Center for Disaster Risk Reduction reported that they do not yet have an exact figure of damage and potential victims; given the problems in communicating with the island provinces that the typhoon has already left behind, but they do expect the impact to have been great.

The typhoon, known by the community as Ambo, entered the Philippines on Thursday through the town of San Policarpio, on the island of Samar; where about 400,000 people live in low lying coastal areas that are vulnerable to the passage of the storm, with a power equivalent to a category 4 hurricane.

Towards the North of the Philippines

Vongfong, currently travelling at a speed of 15 km/h is heading towards the northern Philippines; an area where he is expected to leave on Tuesday morning in the direction of Japan.

Thousands of Filipinos are confined to their homes by the pandemic; but more than 140,000 people were forced to leave their homes to seek shelter because of the severe storm, officials said.

At least 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year, with the most destructive so far being the Haiyan super typhoon, which in November 2013 struck the islands of Samar and Leyte, leaving 7,000 people dead and 200,000 families homeless.