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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Super Typhoon Goni Death Toll Reaches 17 in Philippines

At least 17 people were reported dead as authorities evacuated tens of thousands of individuals to safer places after Super Typhoon Goni barreled across Bicol and Southern Luzon regions in the Philippines, the country’s Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said on Monday.

At least 17 people were reported dead as authorities evacuated tens of thousands of individuals to safer places after Super Typhoon Goni (locally known as Rolly) barreled across Bicol and Southern Luzon regions in the Philippines, the country’s Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said on Monday.

According to the organization, Typhoon Goni – the world’s strongest typhoon this year – triggered flash floods and mudslides across the Bicol region after the storm made landfall in the early hours of Sunday.

“Most of the fatalities were either swept away or buried by a huge volume of volcanic materials that cascaded down the slopes of Mayon Volcano as heavy to intense rains pelted Albay,” said Jessar Adornado, OCD’s division chief for operations.

Adornado said that among the 17 killed people, six were from the provincial towns of Catanduanes and 11 others were from municipalities of Albay.

An official said that some areas located in the eastern Catanduanes province remained cut off on Monday.

Red Cross Philippines said in a tweet that 80 to 90 percent of the infrastructures in the coastal town of Virac in Catanduanes have been damaged by the super typhoon.

“There is still no water, electricity, signal, and gasoline stations are closed throughout the province,” Philippines Red Cross Chief Dick Gordon said in a statement.

A spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that mandatory evacuations have been issued to relocate nearly half a million residents to safer places to prevent a higher death toll.

The spokesman added that Duterte would launch an aerial inspection among the areas that have been affected by the typhoon.

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