Philippines almost 1,800 people evacuate as Tropical Storm Moulaf approaches

Nearly 9000 flee homes in Philippines as Molave intensifies into typhoon

Authorities were clearing roads of fallen trees and debris in some towns after the typhoon passed, he said.

The typhoon, however, is forecast to lose steam and turn into a tropical storm before passing over Vietnam into Thailand, where the storm is expected to trigger heavy rain across large areas of the country, especially in the lower parts of the Northeast, said the department.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Quinta first made a landfall in San Miguel Island in Tabaco City, Albay at around 6:10 p.m. last night.

The weather bureau warned of storm surges as high as 2 metres (6.5 feet) in coastal areas in northern Samar province, the Bicol region and the central and southern portions of Quezon province.

While there are no face-to-face classes due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, some local executives announced the suspension of classes in their respective areas in anticipation of the disruptions brought by the typhoon. Making landfall on the southern end of the main island of Luzon before moving west, it caused flooding and landslides and left at least 12 fishermen missing in the Bicol region.

PAGASA said Quinta will continue intensifying in the West Philippine Sea after crossing the Philippine archipelago. It roared overnight through island provinces south of the capital, Manila, which was lashed by strong winds but escaped major damage.

There will be moderate to heavy with at times intense rains in Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte, and light to moderate with at times heavy rains in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the rest of Visayas, PAGASA said.

Some 5,518 people were evacuated to safer grounds, while 3,421 people took shelter with their relatives in areas outside danger zones, the disaster monitoring agency said.

At least 25,000 villagers were displaced, with about 20,000 taking shelter in schools and government buildings that were turned into evacuation centres, the Office of Civil Defense said, but officials added that some have returned home in regions where the weather has cleared.

"We had to evacuate, leaving all our property behind", he said.



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