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Typhoon Goni in the Philippines: at least 20 dead

Manila (AFP) - At least 20 people have been killed and tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Goni, the most powerful of the year in the archipelago, authorities said on Monday.that communications with the most affected areas are still cut.

The island province of Catanduanes and that of Albay, on the island of Luzon, the most populous, were the most affected by the storm, which was accompanied by winds blowing at 225 km/h when it touched the east coast on Sunday .

Winds and torrential rains ripped roofs and power lines and caused landslides.

The storm, oriented on a westerly trajectory, had lost in intensity when it grazed the metropolitan area of Manila, before heading towards the South China Sea.

"We are horrified by the damage this typhoon has wrought in many areas, including Catanduanes Island and Albay Province," Philippine Red Cross chief Richard Gordon said in a statement.In some areas, up to 90% of homes have been severely damaged or destroyed."

Hundreds of thousands of people had evacuated their homes before the storm arrived, and many were waiting for power and communications to be restored before returning to their homes.

Fourteen deaths have been recorded in the province of Albay.The head of disaster prevention services in the province, Cedric Daep, said that "thousands of people would have lost their lives" if it had not been for the 'evacuation.

"The infrastructure and housing have suffered significant damage," said Mr Daep."A lot of people are hungry.They had already suffered from Covid due to job loss.Some do not even have cooking utensils.cooked."

Posted Date: 2020-11-16

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