More than 140,000 people had to flee from Typhoon Vongfong in central Philippines and seek refuge in emergency shelter, raising fears for the worst in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than 140,000 people sought refuge in the Philippines on Friday, May 15, due to typhoon Vongfong, which curbs the fight against coronavirus that infected more than 11,800 people and left 790 dead in the country.
Heavy rain has hit the archipelago in the middle since the storm arrived on Thursday, passing through areas populated by hundreds of thousands of people. The typhoon struck, while millions of Filipinos are believed to be household-bound due to Covid-19. But more than 140,000 people had to seek shelter elsewhere than at home because of the risk of the storm, authorities said.
“You have to wear masks and follow the rules of distance all the time,” Philippine police told AFPCarlitoAbriz. “It’s hard to enforce, because people are stressed.”
Authorities said the crisis sites would only work at 50% of their capacity, that they would provide masks for them without them and that they would try not to separate the families.
However, a number of sites that are normally intended to serve as evacuation centers have been used as quarantine sites, fortunately the center of the archipelago where the storm did not hit the area most affected by the disaster. Covid19.
Each year, the country suffers an average of twenty typhoons that kill and cause significant damage, helping to keep millions of people in poverty.
The deadliest cyclone ever recorded in the country was Super TyphoonHaiyan, which killed more than 7,300 people in 2013.