when it hit Samar Island in the eastern Philippines at 12:15 p.m., according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

‘Everywhere we look, homes, roads, and infrastructure have been submerged.’, ‘Local people have to depend on themselves. Vietnam’s government says roughly 160 people have died, with dozens more missing in the worst flooding to hit the country in 20 years. Officials were advised to remove many medical quarantine tents set up outside hospitals that could be blown away, Malano said. The first typhoon to hit the country this year rapidly gained force as it blew from the Pacific then barged ashore in San Policarpio town in Eastern Samar province around noon, weather agency administrator Vicente Malano said. Mark Anthony Nazarrea, a public information officer at Buhi, said the local government turned two more schools into temporary shelters to enable better social distancing. Rouelle Umali/Xinhua via Getty, Xinhua/ via Getty Images Typhoon Vongfong in Manila Bay, the Philippines in May, 2020. The Philippines was bracing for the typhoon while trying to fight the outbreak largely by locking Filipinos in their homes and prohibiting gatherings that can set off infections. Social distancing matters. Aid groups project 160,000 need food aid, with Cyclone Molave’s impact still to come.
“There will be quite a bit of disruption and of course Covid complicates everything right now.”. Meanwhile, in the Atlantic: Tropical storm will likely miss Florida this weekend. But judging from evacuations during previous typhoons, he conceded that “enforcing that would be a challenge.”. Although storms can happen at any time in the western Pacific, it is unusual that there haven’t been any other named storms in the Northern Hemisphere so far this year, Henson said.Meanwhile on the other side of the world, there’s a 70% chance a low-pressure system will develop and grow into the Atlantic’s first storm of the year, a full two weeks before the official start of the hurricane season there. Jipapad and the whole of Eastern Samar, a province of half a million people, remained free of coronavirus infections unlike neighbouring regions, provincial Governor Ben Evardone said. The Philippines sits in a typhoon belt, and at least 20 storms — some of them deadly — typically ravage the country every year.

"If we used 10 school buildings before, we now need 20 to accommodate the evacuees with social distancing," Ongchuan said by telephone. Vongfong’s top winds could reach 132 miles (212 kilometers) per hour by U.S. measurements, which would make it equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the typhoon-warning center said. But beach conditions may get dangerous. Northern Samar provincial Governor Edwin Ongchuan said he has asked for twice the usual number of school buildings to be turned into typhoon shelters to accommodate about 80,000 residents who were being forcibly evacuated from high-risk coastal villages.

The pandemic complicated the evacuation process in a country frequently struck by typhoons.

Experts fear lifting restrictions will trigger surge in new cases, but many people already suffering economic fallout. After Vongfong made landfall, it kept on a westward track longer than anticipated, causing it to spend more time over land and weaken. Super Typhoon Goni’s Death Toll Rises to 16 in Philippines, GMO’s Jeremy Grantham Calls for Marshall Plan to Tackle Climate Change, Exxon, XTO Probably Won’t Face U.S. Fracturing Rules, FBR Says, U.K. Competition Watchdog Probes Greenwashing in Consumer Goods.

The evacuation of at least 450,000 people and early response planning helped avoid a worse outcome, but aid groups warn that the combined hit from a barrage of recent storms and the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will test communities for months to come. Typhoon Goni was the strongest storm to hit the country since 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, which killed more than 6,300 people and led to a massive humanitarian response. Another powerful storm is testing Southeast Asian disaster responders after Typhoon Goni crashed into the Philippines on 1 November, before veering towards flood-hit central Vietnam. The typhoon came as the Philippines is trying to fight COVID-19 outbreaks largely by locking Filipinos in their homes and prohibiting gatherings that can set off infections. The season's first named storm, Vongfong (Ambo), developed east of Mindanao and rapidly intensified to become a Category 3 typhoon at peak intensity, undergoing an eyewall replacement cycle and made landfall on Samar Island, causing US$50 million damage to the Philippines, while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Typhoon Vongfong, the Northern Hemisphere’s first named storm, is rapidly intensifying east of the Philippines, where it could clip parts of the island nation Thursday and … when it hit Samar Island in the eastern Philippines at 12:15 p.m., according to the Philippine … !function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(a){if(void 0!==a.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var e in a.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.getElementById("datawrapper-chart-"+e)||document.querySelector("iframe[src*='"+e+"']");t&&(t.style.height=a.data["datawrapper-height"][e]+"px")}}))}(); The name of the storm, Vongfong, is derived from the term for wasp in Cantonese.

Typhoon Vongfong, the first to hit the country this year, intensified after slamming into the eastern Philippines on Thursday afternoon, packing winds of … Typhoon Vongfong, the Northern Hemisphere’s first named storm, is rapidly intensifying east of the Philippines, where it could clip parts of the island nation Thursday and Saturday, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii.The storm, called Ambo in the Philippines, made landfall over San Policarpio town in Eastern Samar province in Visayas island at 12:15 p.m. local time on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on its Twitter account. A satellite image showing Typhoon Vongfong in the western Pacific Ocean heading toward the Philippines on Wednesday.

Nobody’s going to help them.’, ‘Women and youth must play a meaningful role in shaping the agenda – both in the response to the coronavirus, and also in building a lasting peace.’, The country finds itself increasingly on the disaster front line as storms become more erratic and intense, 25 years of journalism from the heart of crises. Unused isolation facilities intended for Covid-19 patients will host residents who will be evacuated.

Some 400,000 people are expected to flee landslide and flood-prone areas, online news ABS-CBN quoted a local disaster official as saying. But beach conditions may get dangerous. (CNN)Typhoon Vongfong is rapidly intensifying -- and the Philippines is in its path. Support our journalism and become more involved in our community. The only evacuation centres for 8,000 villagers in Jipapad, a town in the typhoon’s path, are a gymnasium and the town hall where residents could be sheltered from the typhoon. — With assistance by Ditas B Lopez, and Ian C Sayson, Northern Hemisphere’s first storm of 2020 will grow stronger, Storm could make two landfalls on Luzon Thursday, Saturday, Explore dynamic updates of the earth’s key data points.

Video showed fierce rain and wind swaying coconut trees, rattling tin roofs and obscuring visibility in Eastern Samar, where some towns lost power. Sign up to receive our original, on-the-ground coverage that informs policymakers, practitioners, donors, and others who want to make the world more humane.

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Northern Samar provincial Gov. Typhoon Vongfong Makes Landfall in the Philippines. Far-flung Jipapad is prone to landslides and flooding. More than 11,600 COVID-19 cases, including 790 deaths, have been reported in the country. Vongfong is expected to gradually turn northwest and it is likely to weaken over land. Typhoon Goni’s wind speeds slowed to around 90 kilometres per hour by 2 November, but successive storms over the past month have driven severe floods and landslides across central Vietnam. [CDATA[// >