Typhoon Vongfong Strikes Philippines: Tens Of Thousands Under COVID-19 Lockdown Evacuate
In The COVID-19 Lockdown, Typhoon Vongfong Strikes Philippines. The Landfall Evacuate Tens Of Thousands Of People
The Typhoon Vongfong struck the eastern Samar at around noontime on Thursday i.e May 14. It is the first named storm of the 2020 season in the West Pacific. The Vongfong packed winds of at least 115 mph with an intensity equivalent of a category 3 hurricane evacuated tens of thousands of people, as per the reports. And not just that, the Vongfong is expected to gradually turn northwest, indicating to weaken the situation even more.
As per the local reports from the Philippines, at least 200,000 people live in coastal areas near the area of Samar affected. The Coronavirus pandemic lockdown has even worsened the evacuation process in the entire country. People have also been frequently spotted struck by typhoons. As per the reports, more than 50 million people in the country are living under strict lockdown rules imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte. In order to stop the COVID-19 spreading.
According to the state-run Philippines News Agency, as of 8 a.m. Friday Philippines time, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the typhoon was last tracked over the coastal waters of the city of San Andres moving northwest at 9 miles per hour. San Andres is located on Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Philippines archipelago, and is located about 140 miles (225 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Manila.
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