Strongest storm of 2020 - Typhoon Goni kills 16 and displaces nearly 4 lakh people in Philippines!
Galatta | Nov 02, 2020, 08:24 pm
The nation of Philippines is not stranger to storms, typhoons and cyclones as the country is battered by a minimum of 20 of these natural occurances, every single year! The nation was still reeling from the effects of the recent typhoon Molave, which killed around 22 people mostly through drowning in the southern provinces of Manila. Even as they were trying to come to terms with this, typhoon Goni has bee battering the nation and is yet to make landfall! A statement from the country's disaster management agency states that Goni has already claimed the lives of over 16 people, with 3 more reported missing. There are also reports that this typhoon has already displaced close to 4 lakh people in the island nation. Goni is the 18th cyclone to hit Philippines this year and is already considered to be the strongest typhoon in the world, this year.
Mandatory evacuations by the government has resulted in lots of lives being saved, despite some areas being cut off! Goni is considered to be the most powerful typhoon to hit Philippines since the 2013 typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people! The typhoon hit regions of Philippines on Sunday and is expected to make landfall on the Central Coast on Philippines, on Wednesday night. More heavy rains are expected in these regions, which have already been facing floods and landslides resulting in the loss of 160 lives and caused many people to go missing in the past 1 month alone. The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte would reportedly be inspecting the affected regions through aerial survey. He was said to be in his hometown of Davao while Goni struck and this has caused a lot of public criticism. Reports state that around 300 houses had been buried under volcanic rock and mud flowing from the Mayon volcano, in the Guinobatan region of Albay province.
Reports from the ground state that typhoon Goni had affected over 2.1 million residents in the Luzon region, accounting for more than two-thirds of the country's economy. Over 50,000 houses in this region were left without power, even today. Meanwhile, weather reports state that another storm - Atsani, is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean and is approaching Philippines! The citizens of this nation experience a minimum of 20 tropical storms, on a yearly basis! Goni's impact generated windspeeds of nearly 225 km/hr near the centre and close to 310 km/hr on the fringes. Over 80% of the evacuated people are currently being housed in the government evacuation centres. Goni is expected to weaken significantly, as it is heading out over the South China sea! Stay tuned for updates...