Typhoon Ulysses, known as typhoon Vamco outside the Philippines, made its first landfall at 11 p.m. local time, in Quezon. Then went westward, arriving in Luzon with its second landfall. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) first raised signals of strong tropical cyclone winds on November 9. ‘Ulysses’ brought extremely heavy rains that caused overflowing rivers. The severe floods affected cities and provinces such as Marikina, Cagayan and Isabela.
The aftermath hits the Philippines at its weakest point
After the battered economy and the worrying, still increasing, number of COVID-19 cases, the typhoon worsened the Philippines’ situation. PAGASA repoted 37 validated deaths, 15 missing people and 22 others injured. All seven gates of the Magat Dam were opened in order to prevent dam failure. This, however, overflowed the Cagayan River. The rescue operations are still ongoing, even after the typhoon Ulysses had passed the Philippines. Over 100.000 people were rescued. Even more citizens live with either severely damaged houses or homeless. A lot of them experienced power outages in some areas in Luzon. The typhoon’s onslaught affected even the capital, Metro Manila. The NDRRMC reported almost 600.000 people affected by the floods.
Typhoon Ulysses moved towards Vietnam and South China
As of today, November 14, 2020, 9:00 UTC the typhoon is located somewhere near the Da Nang municipality, in Vietnam. In five airports, the goverment ordered the suspension or delay of all flights. Prior to this, on November 13, the government evacuated around 135.000 families. The situation is still uncertain. Even though is weakening, the typhoon left behind a lot of damages. The pandemic makes the situation even more difficult.
There is still a lack of certain data about the situation in China. Before Ulysses, an extremely powerful typhoon, known as Typhoon Goni made its landfall. It affected the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos between October 26 and November 6, 2020. ‘Goni’ caused 26 deaths, 6 people missing and damages worth around $369 million (USD).