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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Typhoon Vamco Leaves 37 Dead, 22 Injured in the Philippines

Typhoon Vamco has killed at least 37 individuals and has injured 22 in the Philippines after sweeping across the country last Nov. 11, according to the national disaster agency.

Typhoon Vamco has killed at least 37 individuals and has injured 22 in the Philippines after sweeping across the country last Nov. 11, according to the national disaster agency.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported a total of 37 dead, 22 injured, and 15 missing in the regions of Cagayan, Calabarzon,  Bicol, and Cordillera.

NDRRMC also reported that Vamco, locally known as Ulysses, affected over 200,000 families across the Southeast Asian country. 

Over 80,000 families are in more than 2,000 evacuation centers, which the Department of Health warned of a “very strong possibility” of spreading COVID-19.

NDRRMC also reported a total of 262 incidents across the country, with 173 flooding incidents.

According to officials, families fled to rooftops as floods reached two to three stories high in several areas, including Cagayan, Marikina City in the capital region, and the cities of Rodriguez and Cainta in Rizal.

Stranded residents called for rescue and relief operations through TV and radio networks, as well as in social media, but the report by NDRRMC said that several areas are still without electricity and telecommunication services.

Rescue and relief operations from the coastguard, national police, and organizations are underway, but several road sections and bridges are still blocked by the heavy flooding.

The Philippines was still recovering from Typhoon Goni, the most powerful typhoon in the world this year, when Vamco made landfall just 10 days after.

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