Typhoon Vamco Leaves 39 Dead in Philippines

Typhoon Vamco (known as Ulysses in the Philippines) passed north of Manila between Bulacan and Pampanga Wednesday night / Thursday morning, the third major typhoon to hit the country after Goni (Rolly) and Molave (Quinta).

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Sustained winds of 150 kph (90mph), equivalent to a category 2 hurricane, and heavy rain resulted in thick mud, flooding and landslides causing devastation in much of the area with latest reports listing 39 deaths and 32 missing. Manila has reported its worst flooding for years.

It is thought that 30 died following Typhoon Goni and 22 after Typhoon Molave.

Military chief of staff General Gilbert Gapay said in a briefing that “We’ll continue to look for the missing, help in damage assessment.”

Over 350,000 people had been evacuated prior to landfall, mainly residents from vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas. Philippine National Police stated that over 100,000 people had been rescued, including 41,000 in the capital region.

Power cuts affected at least 3.8 million households lost power in Manila and outlying provinces, although power has now been restored to most areas.

The Typhoon is the 21st to hit the Philippines this year, the average is 20 per year, and typhoon season is not yet over.

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