- The authorities have confirmed that Typhoon Molave claimed at least two lives, although the information has not been validated.
- Reports indicate that six vessels also sank following the typhoon.
- It is alleged that around 1,800 cargo truck drivers, passengers and workers were left stranded after ships and boats were barred from venturing into the waters.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced after a strong typhoon hit the Philippines on Monday. The victims were forced to flee from the raging flood waters. At least 75 people took shelter at evacuation centers. The office of civil defense said that schools and government buildings were turned into evacuation centers so as to accommodate the displaced persons.
The authorities have confirmed that Typhoon Molave claimed at least two lives, although the information has not been validated. The typhoon also left eight others missing, among them fishermen who had ventured into the sea despite warnings from the experts.
Reports indicate that six vessels also sank following the typhoon. The coast guard revealed that guard personnel had to rescue seven people after their yacht sank in choppy waters in Batangas, South Manilla.
It is alleged that around 1,800 cargo truck drivers, passengers and workers were left stranded after ships and boats were barred from venturing into the waters. The Governor of Oriental Mindoro province, Humerlito Dolor, said that the damage was massive but was glad that lives were not lost.
“Most of them lost their roofs, walls and ceilings . . . Villagers are now asking to be rescued because of the sudden winds which blew away roofs,” the governor told a local radio station. Officials claimed that there were injuries caused by falling trees and debris. The typhoon was blowing westwards towards the South China Sea at a speed of 125 kilometres (77 miles) per hour.
The Philippines is often hit by typhoons, making it a common occurrence. It is estimated that at least 20 typhoons batter the country annually, alongside earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. These disasters make the Philippines one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.
Many of these typhoons wipe away homes, harvests and infrastructure, a situation that renders most of the citizens poor. Earlier in the year typhoon Vongfong hit the eastern part of Philippines, displacing thousands as the country battled the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus greatly complicated the evacuation process, since measures to curb the spread of the disease had to be observed. The storm also hit the country’s most populous island, Luzon, which has a population of 60 million people. This was the first Typhoon to hit the country this year, and the name Vongfong was derived from the name for wasp in Cantonese.
In December 2019, the country was hit by two typhoons. Typhoon Phanfone, which had speeds of 195 kilometres per hour, blew off roofs and dropped power poles. It made a landfall that claimed sixteen people. The other one, Typhoon Kammuri, which made four landfalls, caused a lot of trouble at the airport. It led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights, leaving dozens of passengers stranded.
In 2016, at least four people were killed after Typhoon Haima struck the country, while in November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world’s most intense land falls, killed more than 6,000 people.