World News – UA – Philippines evacuates nearly 1 million as the world’s most powerful typhoon approaches in 2020


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Authorities evacuated nearly a million residents in the southern part of the Philippines’ main island, Luzon, as a Category 5 storm – the world’s strongest this year – hits land on Sunday

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Typhoon Goni, with sustained winds of 215 km / h and gusts of up to 265 km / h, will bring high winds and heavy rain, weather and disaster officials said

It is among the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines since Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people in 2013

« We are going through a tough time with COVID-19, then here is another disaster, » Senator Christopher Go, President Rodrigo Duterte’s senior aide, told a virtual press conference

Authorities have started preventive evacuations, with Albay province putting 794,000 residents to safety, Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the national disaster agency, said at a press conference

In the capital Manila and neighboring Bulacan province, around 1,000 COVID-19 patients housed in large isolation tents could be transferred to hotels and hospitals, Mr. Jalad

The Philippines has the second-largest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia, just behind Indonesia, with 380,729 cases and 7,221 deaths

Typhoon Molave ​​killed 22 people last week, mostly by drowning in provinces south of Manila, which is also on the predicted track of Goni, the 18th tropical storm in the country this year

Local authorities have canceled port operations and prevented fishermen from setting sail Airlines have canceled dozens of flights

Typhoon Goni, moving towards the western Pacific Ocean, will bring intense rains to the capital and 21 adjacent provinces early Sunday (local time), and threats of flooding and landslides

Another typhoon, Atsani, with sustained winds of 55 km / h and gusts of up to 70 km / h, is building up just outside the Philippines

An average of 20 typhoons, bringing heavy rains that trigger deadly landslides, hit the Philippines each year

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