Typhoon Vongfong battering Philippines
May 14, 2020 - Typhoon Vongfong is battering the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, forcing a risky evacuation for tens of thousands hunkered down at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
The first typhoon to hit the country this year came as the authorities are trying to fight COVID-19 outbreaks largely by locking Filipinos in their homes and prohibiting gatherings that can set off infections. More than 11,600 infections, including 772 deaths, have been reported in the country.
Typhoon Vongfong, which was packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 185 kph, was forecast to blow northwestward and barrel across densely populated eastern provinces and cities before exiting in the north Sunday.
Overcrowding in emergency shelters is a common scene in the archipelago hit by about 20 typhoons and storms annually and regularly experiencing volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
Graphic News Standards