At least one person has been killed and hundreds of homes destroyed after Typhoon Vongfong fiercely hit towns in Philippines. The storm, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, produced winds measuring about 115 mph, and heavy rain. The winds flew debris through the air.
Typhoon Vongfong’s passage through the Philippines caused at least one death, and damage to hundreds of facilities for use by people infected with the coronavirus. It also destroyed houses, as well as rice and cornfields in five cities, a local governor told the media today.
Typhoon Vongfong has hit land in eastern Philippines on Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic. The name “Vongfong” is derived from the name for “wasp” in Cantonese. The storm is headed towards one of the country’s most populous island, Luzon, where it is expected to wreak havoc till Saturday.
At least three doctors in the Philippines have lost their lives in the line of duty, fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, officials in Manilla said on Monday. Thousands of health care workers have bravely confronted the disease in the Philippines, treating COVID-19 patients despite a lack of protective equipment.
A Chinese man died in the Philippines of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, becoming the first death related to the disease to be reported outside China, the source of the outbreak. The information was released on Sunday by government officials in the Philippines.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has announced that the country will close its 4,300 kilometer border with China for fear of the spread of the new coronavirus to the country. “The corresponding order was signed today, and it started being implemented. We will properly inform everyone of the measures linked to the closure of the border in the Far East region, as well as other measures by the government [to prevent the spread of the coronavirus],” Mishustin said.
The Philippines has stopped issuing visas on the spot to reduce Chinese tourist delegations, due to concerns about the virus causing pneumonia. However, it did not ban tourists from the country. “We are now temporarily suspending the issuance of VUA for Chinese nationals to slow down the influx of group tours,” Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement today.
The number of displaced due to the Taal Volcano eruption in the northern Philippines has risen to 162,000 as the experts say steady steam emission and tremors indicate a rising magma. The state scientists continue to warn that the threat of a hazardous explosive eruption remains despite an apparent lull in the activity on the surface.
A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava as the authorities warn that a hazardous eruption is possible “within hours and days.” Early Monday morning, a weak flow of lava began seeping out of Taal volcano, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of the capital, Manila. This came after it emitted a huge plume ash, triggering the mass evacuation of 8,000 people from the area.
The death toll after Typhoon Phanfone struck the Philippines is increasing, and the typhoon has so far claimed the lives of at least 28 people. In the meantime, the typhoon has weakened considerably and has left the country. With gusts of wind up to 200 kilometers per hour, Typhoon Phanfone swept across the Philippines just before Christmas, from the east to the west of the islands.
At least five people have lost their lives, and scores others have sustained injuries following a series of earthquakes that have struck the Philippines. The 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the southern part of the country on Wednesday night. The quake triggered landslides and caused a fire in the Gaisano shopping mall in General Santos city shortly after the quake, but shoppers and employees managed to escape without injuries, the civil defense office said.
Treasure hunters from Russia are planning to travel to the Philippines in 2020 to look for hidden gold from WWII. They are convinced they have pinpointed the location of the stolen loot and are eager to start the quest.
Since the US and Japan signed a peace agreement at the end of War War II, treasure hunters have searched for General Tomoyuki Yamashita’s gold. During the war, the Japanese general robbed the whole of Southeast Asia of the precious metal, primarily from the former Spanish colony of the Philippines.
More than 61 million voters will decide over 18,000 national and local offices, up for grabs in Monday’s midterm elections in the Philippines. The contests will serve as a referendum on the current president and his policies. President Rodrigo Duterte is widely expected to pass his first test. A victory could allow the popular populist to expand his control over the country and further tilt it toward China.
All 305 seats are up for grabs in the House of Representatives, increased from 297. Duterte’s PDP-Laban party holds 115 seats. His allies in the Coalition for Change add another 135. Duterte’s thumping majority isn’t under threat or likely to change. The House typically supports popular presidents, and at around 80% in the latest polls, Duterte certainly is.
- PHILIPPINES: Terrorist group Daesh has claimed responsibility for a Sunday church bombing, which left 20 people dead and 100 wounded, on the southern island of Jolo. In response, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to “crush these godless criminals.”