At least 39 dead in the Philippines as Typhoon Vamco causes extensive flooding

Floods triggered by Typhoon Vamco have left 39 people dead in the Philippines, with thousand rescued in rising waters.

Thick mud and debris coated many villages around the Philippines capital after a typhoon caused extensive flooding that sent people fleeing to their roofs and killed at least 39 people.

Thousands of people have been rescued, though waters have mostly receded. The military was rescuing people in places where waters remained high.

At least 39 people have died as Typhoon Vamco struck the Philippines.
At least 39 people have died as Typhoon Vamco struck the Philippines. Source: Anadolu

Amphibious assault vehicles usually used in counter-insurgency operations were deployed for the rescue work, military chief of staff General Gilbert Gapay said on Friday in an emergency meeting with disaster-response officials.

“We’ll continue to look for the missing, help in damage assessment,” Gapay said. He reported 39 deaths and 32 other people missing.

Typhoon Vamco passed north of Manila between Bulacan and Pampanga provinces overnight on Wednesday and early Thursday, toppling power poles and trees and damaging homes.

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Thousands of houses submerged in roof-level floods in Kasiglahan, Rodriguez, Rizal – Source Jell Morena

More than 350,000 people had been evacuated to safety, mainly residents fleeing vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas before the typhoon hit.

Philippine National Police said more than 100,000 people had been rescued, including 41,000 in the capital region.

At least 3.8 million households lost power in metropolitan Manila and outlying provinces, but crews have restored electricity in many areas and power was expected to be fully restored in about three days. Government offices were closed and classes suspended for public schools Friday.

Typhoon Vamco was the third powerful storm to hit the Philippines in as many weeks. (Photo: AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Vamco hit the Philippines on the heels of Typhoon Goni, one of the strongest typhoons in the world this year, which left more than 30 people dead or missing and damaged or destroyed 270,000 houses. Tens of thousands of people remain displaced.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and tropical storms each year and also had active seismic faults and volcanoes, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.

SOURCE AAP / SBS

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