Vietnam ready to evacuate 1.3 mln people as typhoon approaches

Clay Curtis
October 28, 2020

Almost 9,000 people fled their homes in the Philippines as Typhoon Molave made landfall while traversing provinces on the southern part of the main Luzon island on Sunday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, officials said.

A strong typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Monday after displacing more than 120,000 people, leaving several fishermen missing and causing at least six vessels to sink or run aground in storm-tossed waters, officials said.

"We have very grave fears for the safety of millions of people, as so many have already lost livelihoods and their homes in huge floods", said Nguyen Hai Anh, head of the Vietnam Red Cross.

Some10,000 individuals were affected by Quinta in Southern Luzon and northernmost part of the country, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Monday. "Hang in there, help is coming" Roque said in a radio interview.

Local authorities reported at least two dead from Typhoon Molave, including a villager who drowned, but the government's main disaster-response agency said it would wait to include the deaths in its casualty count until after they are validated.

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It is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility tomorrow.

At 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon "QUINTA" was located based on all available data at 605 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro or 305 km North Northeast of Pag-asa Island, Palawan (13.3 °N, 115.6 °E ).

Strong breeze to near gale conditions will be experienced in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1.

He added those missing are fisherfolk from Barangay Pananogan, Bato; Barangay Cagdarao, Panganiban; and Barangay Poblacion District III, Gigmoto in Catanduanes. Also, the NDRRMC said 11 flooding incidents were reported in the provinces of Laguna, Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental, Samar, and Apayao while seven landslides were reported in Laguna, Aklan, Samar, and Apayao.

The outer circulation of Typhoon Quinta may still bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Western Visayas, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi until Wednesday morning.

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