67 dead, 12 missing as Typhoon Vamco tears the Philippines apart


Residents collect their belongings in their submerged village after Typhoon Vamco.


The death toll in the deadliest cyclone to hit the Philippines this year has risen to 67, with 12 people still missing, the national disaster management agency said on Sunday.

President Rodrigo Duterte was due to visit the northern province of Tuguegarao later in the day to assess the situation in the Cagayan Valley region, which was heavily flooded after Typhoon Vamco poured rain on patches. of the main island of Luzon, including the capital, the metropolis Manila.

Twenty-two deaths were recorded in Cagayan, 17 in southern Luzon provinces, eight in Metro Manila and 20 in two other regions, disaster agency spokesman Mark Timbal said.

Twenty-one people were injured, he said.

Many areas of Cagayan, a rice and corn producing region of 1.2 million people, remained submerged on Sunday, according to media reports.

Heavy flooding, caused by the cumulative effects of previous weather disturbances, as well as water from a dam and high plains affected thousands of families, some of whom had taken refuge on rooftops to escape floods of two years. floors.

Damage to agricultural produce from the floods was initially assessed at 1.2 billion pesos ($ 25 million), while damage to infrastructure was estimated at 470 million pesos, Timbal said.


Nearly 26,000 homes were also damaged, he said.

Relief and rescue operations continued as the nearby Magat Dam still released water, two days after releasing a volume equivalent to two Olympic-size swimming pools per second, government data showed.

Vamco, the 21st cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, ravaged Luzon on Wednesday night and caused the worst flooding in years in parts of the capital.

It tracked Super Typhoon Goni, the world‘s most powerful storm this year, which brought heavy rains to southern Luzon provinces and killed dozens of people days earlier.

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