Typhoon Ambo with an international name Vongfong has unleashed its ferocity after it made its landfall in the province of Eastern Samar.
The strong wind and heavy rains brought by the said typhoon destroyed roofs and plants.
Some residents left their homes early yet when they arrived at the evacuation centers it seems that they forgot to observe the proper social distancing.
The province of Eastern Samar was the first to feel the power of typhoon Ambo. Strong winds with rain whipped the San Policarpo at around 11:00 AM this morning. According to PAGASA, the said municipality of the province is where the typhoon made its landfall.
Due to its strong winds, the two man shown in the above video were almost pushed back as they tried to make their ways despite the heavy rains.
In the Municipality of Oras, some houses’ roof was seen already ripped off because of the strong winds. In another nearby Municipality of Dolores, tarps and galvanized iron sheets were seen flying in the air and some even hanged on electrical cables.
Eastern Samar was in signal number 3 and the storm arrival will be an added burden as the entire country is in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Municipality of Arteche, early in the day, the residents were already moved to the evacuation center. Along with the groud are kids and senior citizens where they got transported using a police mobile. When they arrived in the location, they were reminded to continue to observe the proper social distancing.
Heavy rains were also experienced in Baybay City, Leyte. Plants were seen got knocked down due to the strong force of the wind. In Tarangan, Samar heavy rains threaten the area as it can be seen from the cloudy dark skies.
Though the Province of Sorsogon was declared by PAGASA as under the tropical cyclone wind signal 3 yet the ferocity of the typhoon is not yet felt early today while there’s rain from time to time and strong wind.
Likewise, the Province of Albay also experienced heavy rain. Residents living in the coastal areas in Camarines Sur where they executed proactive measures. The 700 families from Brgy. Naipi, Ibayugan, Iraya, and Sta. Cruz quickly went to the evacuation center. Though most of them wear facemask yet the proper social distancing wasn’t followed.
According to one of the residents, the reason why they left their houses is that they fear if a landslide will occur in their area.
“Nabibiyak na kasi ang lupa doon,” said Eden Libardo.
When they arrived at the covered court, the local government unit distributed facemasks while the workers of DSWD distribute relief goods.
Likewise, coast guards assigned its personnel to take charge, particularly on the flood-prone areas.
In Catanduanes, sea vessels are not allowed to make a voyage. Residents were also advised for a preemptive evacuation.