The past few weeks have brought the Philippines more than one destructive natural disaster, the most recent and devastating one being Typhoon Vamco, or Ulysses, as it’s known in the Philippines. On the 11th, the typhoon first made landfall inPatnanungan before moving to Quezon. It then moved east, hitting Luzon, affecting more than 3 million people total in eight regions of the country.
The fifth storm hit the Philippines in three weeks, Vamco caused flooding and 2-3 meters of storm surge, leading to potential landslides. Vamco forced more almost 300,000 people to evacuate their homes, and killed at least 53 people, before pummeling through Vietnam as well, killing at least 159 people.
Only days before, Super Typhoon Goni, the most powerful typhoon of the year, ravaged through the main island, destroying almost 100,000 homes, and causing landslides. The typhoon left the citizens only days to recover before Vamco made landfall. The government’s resources and efforts to provide relief were limited, exhausted as a result of COVID, and the weather made it incredibly difficult to rescue those trapped under the roofs of their homes.
Scientists state that the increasingly violent and deadly storms are a result of climate change. The typhoons left thousands without homes that are still in need of help. Here are some ways to help provide relief.
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