Typhoon Vongfong hit the densely inhabited island of Luzon on Friday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee to evacuation centres. The footage highlights the sheer power of the torrential rains that were caught on film by a local in San Francisco, Quezon, on the outskirts of Manila.
Luzon, which is home to about 60 million people, has been on an extended lockdown amid the coronavirus... Еще outbreak. Officials now worry that with evacuation centres filling up, the area may become a hotbed for a further spread of the virus. More than 50,000 people are believed to have taken refuge in the centres.
Typhoon Vongfong, which is the first to hit the Philippines this season, first hit land on Thursday afternoon, crashing into the island of Samar and being classed as a category three hurricane. On Friday morning it hit the island of Masbate and reached the southernmost part of Luzon. Luckily, by Friday afternoon, the typhoon had started to weaken and was thus reclassified as a tropical storm.
Footage shows the rapid increase in torrential rain and a house in Quezon beginning to flood quickly. The storm also hit communication and electricity lines in many regions.
On an average year, the Philippines will be hit by at least 20 typhoons, many of them have been deadly in the past. In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the nation, leaving 6,000 dead and many more losing their homes and possessions.