Death Toll From Typhoon Vamco in the Philippines is Rising

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The death toll in the Philippines from typhoon Vamco has risen to 26, the police announced on Friday. On Thursday, the authorities spoke of at least eleven dead and 15 missings.

 

Vamco has caused a lot of wind and torrential rain in the capital Manila and nearby provinces, while tens of thousands of homes have been damaged by flooding, among other things.

It is the worst flooding in the city in years. In some suburbs, the Coast Guard swam through muddy water as high as electricity poles. Rescue workers used dinghies and makeshift rafts to get children and the elderly to safety.

Nearly 200,000 people were evacuated before Vamco came ashore on Wednesday evening with wind speeds of 155 kilometres per hour. The power of the typhoon has since diminished.

The typhoon followed the same path as Typhoon Goni earlier this month. The storm, the worst of the year worldwide, killed 25 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

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