Storm surge, strong wind and heavy rain brought by tropical cyclones one after the other have been battering the Philippines cutting power to millions, submerging houses and damaging buildings, leaving countless homeless, stranded, injured or dead.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration hoisted a Signal 3 warning, on a 1 through 5 scale, for much of Luzon, including the Manila metropolitan area.
The current typhoon with international name Vamco, referred to as Ulysses in the Philippines, is equivalent in force to a Category 2 hurricane.
The storms present double trouble for the Philippines’ already overcrowded evacuation centers which are being used as coronavirus isolation sites.
Many are still stranded on the roof, waiting for rescue and tens and thousand beg for help, shelter or food.