Super Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) is the most powerful typhoon to hit the country in 2020 to date amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), around 68.6 million Filipinos are affected, with 24.3 million living in the worst-hit areas. Of the 2.3 million vulnerable people living in the most affected areas, an estimated 724,000 are children.
The super typhoon destroyed thousands of homes in the Catanduanes and Bicol provinces, officials said on Monday, it brought ferocious winds that toppled houses, trees and communication lines, and triggering flooding and landslides that engulfed houses and sent thousands of people fleeing to emergency shelters.
Civil defense officials said Rolly, which weakened into a typhoon as it swept across southern Luzon on Sunday afternoon, displaced 372,381 people and left 53,863 homes without electricity.
Source: newinfo.inquirer.net, cnnphilippines.com, unicef.org – Photo credits to the owner