3 typhoons in 3 weeks kill more than 100 people in the Philippines, causing damage of $ 518.5 million


Three severe typhoons in the past three weeks have killed more than 100 people in the Philippines and damaged farms and infrastructure worth nearly 25 billion pesos ($ 518.5 million), according to reports from his agency disaster management.

A number of provinces north of the capital Manila are still submerged in floodwaters after Typhoon Vamco swept through Luzon last week, just weeks after Typhoons Goni and Molave.

The National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management said it had called on President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a state of calamity on the country’s largest island, Luzon, home to 53 million people. The proposal – which will add to an existing state of calamity during the COVID-19 pandemic – allows for faster release of calamity funds, the provision of interest-free loans and the freezing of commodity prices.

Photograph: Floodwaters from Typhoon Vamco flood the Cagayan Valley region of the northern Philippines on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Typhoon Vamco swelled rivers and inundated the lowlands as it passed through the northeastern mountains of the Philippines. Storm-hit Philippines where rescuers were deployed early Thursday to help people flee the rising waters. Photo credit: Ace Morandante / Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP.

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