Storm Vamco Hits Central Vietnam As Philippine Death Toll Rises To 67

Storm Vamco made landfall in Central Vietnam on Sunday after the Philippine authorities confirmed that at least 67 people have now died following the storm.

Philippines

Sustained winds of 150 kph (90mph), equivalent to a category 2 hurricane, hit the the largest island, Luzon, causing landslides and extensive flooding, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes to find shelter.

The death toll now stands at 67 with dozens of people still believed to be missing.

Typhoon Vamco Leaves 39 Dead in the Philippines

Vamco, known as Ulysses in the Philippines, is the 21st storm to hit the country this year and made landfall just one week after Goni, also known as Rolly, the most powerful typhoon for seven years.

Teams from International Red Cross, together with local rescuers, are searching floodwaters on Luzon where towns and villages are still underwater for some of the dozens of people who are still missing.

It has been reported that Marikina City, east of Manila, was one of the hardest hit areas.

The height of the flood exceeds the first floor of a house…. We haven’t experienced this kind of flooding for so many months or years. That’s why everyone was surprised

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro speaking to Philippine News Agency

According to the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Council 1,1 million people have been affected by Vamco in the country which forced 370,000 people to leave their homes and 25,852 homes damaged.

The Philippines are hit by an average or 21 Typhoons each year. There have already been 21 in 2020 and Reuters have reported that at least 3 more may be heading toward the country before the season ends.

Vietnam

Vamco had reduced to a tropical storm by the time it made landfall in Vietnam but still saw winds of 90 kph (56 mph).

Reports in Vietnam suggest that 5 people have been injured following the storm which also caused power cuts to around 177,000 households with around 77,000 facing hours without electricity.

However Vietnam has been hit by a series of storms over the last few weeks leaving at least 159 people dead and dozens missing after major landslides and flooding hit much of Central Vietnam.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has said that the storms have damaged or destroyed over 400,000 homes, roads and bridges have been damaged or destroyed and, critically, food crops have been devastated leaving at least 150,000 people at immediate risk of food shortages.

Picture credit EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid – previous Typhoon picture

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