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    Rains from Typhoon Vamco (Ulysses) Flood Manila Capital Region

    Typhoon Vamco soaked the Philippines with heavy rain that flooded a wide area of the densely populated Manila region overnight and forced rescuers to use rubber boats to pluck people to safety on Thursday.

    At least 13 people had died in the third typhoon to pummel the Philippines in as many weeks, authorities said. The Associated Press reported the death toll and noted that 15 people were missing, as the news service cited figures provided by the Philippine National Police.

    “We’re hoping that because of the preemptive evacuations that have been done and people staying in evacuation centers, we would have minimal to zero casualties in the area,” said Mark Timbal, spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

    Families in the eastern Bicol region had moved into evacuation centers ahead of the storm’s landfall, he noted.

    Interior Secretary Eduardo Ańo offered hope for those who needed to be rescued.

    “Many of our fellow Filipinos are stranded on their roofs. Don’t worry, help from all of our assets is on the way and they will be dispatched and deployed in these areas,” Ańo said.

    Locally known as Ulysses, Typhoon Vamco packed winds of up to 155 kph (96 mph) as it cut a swathe across the main island of Luzon, the state weather bureau said. It made landfall in the vicinity of Quezon province late Wednesday and moved westward.

    In a statement at 11 p.m. on Thursday (local time), the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said regions including Batanes, Babuyan Islands, northern and eastern areas of mainland Cagayan and the eastern portion of Isabela could see moderate to heavy rain through Friday afternoon that could cause flash floods.

    PAGASA said the storm was forecast to exit the Philippines on Friday morning.

    UN figures

    As many as 19.1 million people, or 3.61 million households, were exposed to Vamco, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Philippines. Based on forecasts, the U.N. said areas could absorb nine inches of rain while harder-hit areas could get as many as 12 inches.

    Some of the low-lying cities in the capital region have seen water levels rise to 15 feet as rivers flooded, rescuers said.

    Particularly hard hit was the suburban city of Marikina, a low-lying valley in eastern Metro Manila that is a natural catch basin for water from a mountain range that borders it. The heavy rain caused a major river in the city to burst its banks.

    “We didn’t expect the water would rise this fast since the super typhoon didn’t even hit us last week. We thought it was going to be weaker,” Corazon Dońez, 69, told BenarNews after she evacuated with her two dogs.

    “We were warned at 2 a.m. and we were able to evacuate at 4 a.m.,” she said.

    Vamco, the 21st cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, struck days after Goni, the world’s most powerful typhoon to date in 2020, ripped through the region on Nov. 1 and left 25 people dead.

    Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro waded into floodwaters on Thursday.

    “We are making use of this opportunity since the rain has stopped to vigorously undertake the rescue operations,” he said, noting that many were trapped on “the roofs of their houses.”

    “There are still many more residents that are trapped,” he said.

    By Thursday afternoon, the military had sent trucks and rubber boats to the affected areas and deployed personnel to assist in rescue efforts.

    “Evacuation is ongoing, with the Naval Task Group joining city disaster risk and reduction units with their rubber boats, trucks and personnel,” military chief Gen. Gilbert Gapay said in a statement.

    In Marikina, two disaster-response units, augmented by volunteers, were deployed, he said.

    Red Cross chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said volunteers from his group were participating in the rescue efforts as well.

    “We have advised people to evacuate, especially in other flood prone areas,” Gordon said.

    Duterte responds

    President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile in a speech on Thursday, told fellow leaders who were participating in a virtual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that he might have to break away because of the storm. He later traveled by helicopter to assess Vamco’s damage.

    “This calamity is yet another stark reminder of the urgency of collective action to combat the effects of climate change,” he told ASEAN members. “We must therefore further enhance our cooperation on disaster risk reduction management to reinforce our capacities, both at the national and regional levels.”

    Later, in an address to the nation, Duterte sought to assure people that his government was responding to the storm.

    “My countrymen, while we are facing the heavy downpour and strong winds of Ulysses, I assure everyone that the government is on top of the situation,” he said. “There are those who say that we’re not doing anything that we are just sleeping, we don’t have any sleep here.

    “We will get through this crisis, I assure you,” Duterte said.

    Rains from Typhoon Vamco (Ulysses) Flood Manila Capital Region

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    Yes, several areas in & around Metro Manila are flooded.

    Marikina River has overflowed & caused flooding in nearby areas. This typhoon Vamco (local name Ulysses) didn't have very strong winds but brought loads of rain.


    My area is safe, fortunately. Some strong winds & rain, but died down eventually. Many areas still underwater due to floods, no electricity or internet.

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    Death toll from Typhoon Vamco rises to 67 in the Philippines, 12 missing

    The death toll from Typhoon Vamco that ransacked the Philippines this week has climbed to 67, the country's national disaster agency said on Sunday.

    According to the Philippines police and army, Vamco has left 22 people missing.

    President Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to fly to the northern Tuguegarao province later in the day to assess the situation in Cagayan Valley region, which was heavily flooded after Typhoon Vamco dumped rain over swathes of the main Luzon island, including the capital, metropolitan Manila.

    Twenty-two fatalities were recorded in Cagayan, 17 in southern Luzon provinces, eight in Metro Manila, and 20 in two other regions, said disaster agency spokesman Mark Timbal.

    Twenty-one people were injured, he said.

    Many areas in Cagayan, rice- and corn-producing region of 1.2 million people, remained submerged as of Sunday, according to media reports.

    Heavy flooding, caused by the accumulated effects of previous weather disturbances, as well as water from a dam and higher plains affected thousands of families, some of whom had fled to rooftops to escape two-storey high floods.

    The damage to agricultural commodities due to floods was initially pegged at 1.2 billion pesos ($25 million), while infrastructure damage was estimated at 470 million pesos, Timbal said.

    Nearly 26,000 houses were also damaged, he said.

    Relief and rescue operations continued while the nearby Magat Dam was still releasing water, two days after releasing a volume equivalent to two Olympic-size pools per second, based on government data.

    Vamco, the 21st cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, tore through Luzon late on Wednesday and caused the worst flooding in years in parts of the capital.

    It followed Super Typhoon Goni, the world's most powerful storm this year, which brought heavy rain to southern Luzon provinces and killed scores of people just a few days earlier.

    Death toll from Typhoon Vamco rises to 67 in the Philippines, 12 missing, World News |

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