- Super Typhoon Goni made a landfall on Sunday, having speeds of 310 kilometres per hour (190 miles per hour).
- President Duterte has been widely criticized for not updating the citizens on the deadly Super Typhoon.
- The Super Typhoon has hit the country at a time when it is struggling to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
At least 16 people have been killed in the Philippines following a deadly Super Typhoon. It is estimated that one million people have been evacuated in areas considered a pathway for Super Typhoon Goni. The country’s disaster agency said that around 19 million people have been affected by the typhoon.
That includes populations in danger zones prone to flooding and mudslides. Super Typhoon Goni made a landfall on Sunday, having speeds of 310 kilometres per hour (190 miles per hour). It is considered one of the country’s strongest typhoons this year.
The Super Typhoon, which was characterized by fierce winds, caused flooding and mudslides. It was reported that it destroyed homes and buildings. The infrastructure was damaged, roads were blocked, evacuation centers had their roofs torn off, and there were flash floods.
In Catanduanes Island, electricity, water and phone networks were cut off, while in Albay province, the authorities said that more than 300 were buried under volcanic rocks. It was reported to cause a lot of damage in the country’s largest and most populous island, Luzon.
More than 50,000 homes were left without power, and around 2.1 million people have been affected by the Super Typhoon in Luzon. In Quezon Province, ten towns experienced power outage after the typhoon toppled trees.
The country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, is expected to conduct an aerial tour of the affected areas. A spokesperson revealed that the president was monitoring the situation from his home. However, the president has been widely criticized for not updating the citizens on the deadly Super Typhoon.
The Super Typhoon has hit the country at a time when it is struggling to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. “This typhoon has smashed into people’s lives and livelihoods on top of the relentless physical, emotional and economic toll of COVID-19,” said Richard Gordon, Philippines Red Cross chairperson.
Currently, the Philippines has recorded 7,221 deaths from COVID-19, and more than 380,000 positive cases. Government run-evacuation centers, gyms, and schools have been converted to isolation centers for coronavirus patients, further complicating matters. “Evacuating people is more difficult at this time because of COVID-19,” said Alexis Naz, Bicol regional civil defense spokesperson.
The Philippines has, over the years been hit by typhoons, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. According to reports, at least 20 typhoons batter the country annually, alongside earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The typhoons usually cause a lot of destruction.
Last week, at least 120,000 people were displaced after a strong typhoon hit the country, forcing schools and government buildings to be transformed into shelters. The authorities said that Typhoon Molave blew westwards towards the South China Sea at a speed of 125 kilometres (77 miles) per hour.
Earlier in the year, Typhoon Vongfong hit the eastern part of the country, displacing thousands amid the coronavirus pandemic. In November 2013, more than 6,000 people were killed by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world’s most intense land falls.