Typhoon Ulysses batters Bicol a week after supertyphoon
Still reeling from supertyphoon Goni (Philippine name: Rolly), authorities preemptively evacuated Catanduanes and Albay citizens as typhoon Vamco (Philippine name: Ulysses) brought heavy rains and strong winds to the Bicol region again.
The Bicol peninsula was battered by gusty winds and torrential rains as storm signal no. 3 was hoisted over the region.
Landslides and strong river currents were reported in Catanduanes, prompting riverside residents to take cover in stone houses. A few residents in Camarines Sur got stranded as floodwater rushed into their abodes.
Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara ordered preemptive evacuations in an advisory on his official Facebook page.
“The PDRRMC-Albay orders the evacuation of all vulnerable populations threatened by flood, landslide, lahar, storm surge, and wind to safe public and private evacuation centers to be completed by daytime of November 10, 2020,” the advisory said.
He also ordered 18 local disaster councils to be on 24/7 emergency status and closely monitor the typhoon.
The typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 125 kilometers per hour. The Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) prohibited sailing and catching fish in the province’s coastal waters.
The agency also ordered the suspension of operations in malls and other businesses, as well as early dismissal from work.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned residents in predetermined lahar hazards from Mayon Volcano to be vigilant as the typhoon may cause lahar and sediment-laden streamflows.
A few Albayanos prepared for typhoon Ulysses by tending to rooftops damaged by Goni, using tarpaulins and plastic sheets they bought earlier.
At least 24 people died, 399 injured, and 130,266 people have been displaced after typhoon Goni battered different parts of Luzon on Nov. 1, leaving millions of Filipinos affected.