Disastrous Typhoon Goni Strikes in Philippines
The Philippines faces major destruction, as the year's strongest cyclone comes their way. Typhoon Goni has caused 10 deaths and 3 missing persons so far.
On Sunday, 1st November, Typhoon Goni struck in the Philippines; it destroyed homes, toppled power lines, and caused floods in several residential areas. The typhoon was this year’s strongest cyclone due to its wind speeds and the destruction it caused.
Typhoon Goni has left at least ten people dead, and three are yet to get found. Regional authorities stated that 345,000 people are finding houses in evacuation centers, with another 50,000 staying with relatives.
Typhoon Goni also caused several landfalls on the Catanduanes Island before dawn, with wind speeds up to 225 km per hour, along with heavy rainfall across the region. However, the typhoon had considerably downgraded as the hours passed.
As Typhoon Goni passed Luzon Island, its intensity had reduced by the time it reached Manila. However, it is said to lower into a mere tropical storm as it reaches the South China Sea.
While Catanduanes and Albay faced Typhoon Goni at its worse, as the forecast described that it could cause extreme damage; Typhoon Goni hit a week after Typhoon Molave hit the same region of the natural disaster-prone archipelago, killing 22 people.
At least nine people were dead in Albay and one in Catanduanes, according to the Civil Defense authorities. Due to the casualties, the airport in Manila temporarily shut down for 24 hours, nearly one million residents had to get evacuated along with the complications of the coronavirus pandemic.
Moreover, Typhoon Goni caused the roofs of buildings to fly off, and increased rainfall flooded the towns. “The winds are fierce. We can hear the trees being pummeled. It’s very strong,” Francia Mae Borras, 21, said from her home in the nearby coastal city of Legazpi.
Due to such catastrophes, many areas faced power cuts and disruptions in telecommunication services. It made communication even more difficult. “Our roads have a lot of debris from the mountains such as branches and sand, some which came from Mayon (volcano). Some roads are unpassable,” said Carlos Irwin Baldo, the mayor of Camalig, near Legazpi.
Furthermore, schools that have been closed since the pandemic are now being used as shelter homes and corona patients being treated in tents have been evacuated for the time being to deal with the residents affected by Typhoon Goni.
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