The death toll in the Philippines by typhoon Vamco has risen to 26, which the police announced on Friday. On Thursday, the authorities spoke of at least 11 dead and 15 missing. Vamco has caused a lot of wind and torrential rain in the capital of Manila and nearby provinces. Tens of thousands of homes have been damaged by floods, among other things.
It‘s the worst floods in the city in years. The Coast Guard swam in some suburbs through muddy water that was as high as electricity poles. Rescue workers used rubber boats and improvised rafts to safety children and the elderly
Tens of thousands of homes were flooded, although the water level in parts of the severely affected suburb Marikina began to fall. “We won’t stop searching and saving until local officials tell us that everyone has been saved,” said a spokesman for the rescue services against DZMM radio station. Many residents sought refuge on roofs. About 6,000 people have been rescued in suburbs of Manila.
Among the fatalities are two men who drowned and a child who was killed by a landslide in the province of Camarines, southeast of the capital. Three people died after the collapse of a warehouse in the province of Cavite.
Nearly 200,000 people were evacuated before Vamco landed on Wednesday night with wind speeds of 155 kilometers per hour. The power of the typhoon has come off ever since. The typhoon followed the same path as Typhoon Goni earlier this month. That storm, the hardest of the year worldwide, killed 25 people and destroyed thousands of homes.