Typhoon Molave strikes Philippines

International Desk
26 October 2020, Mon
Published: 10:12

Typhoon Molave strikes Philippines

Typhoon Molave cut a wide swath as it swept across the Philippines on Monday (Oct 26), dumping heavy rains and bringing gale-force winds that uprooted trees, inundated villages and forced over 100,000 people to evacuate.

Those forced out of their homes by the typhoon, locally known as Quinta, are from Albay province and elsewhere across the Bicol region – home to almost 6 million – and in nearby Quezon province. 

Most live in districts prone to landslides, flooding and storm surges.

Images posted on social media showed a woman wading in waters up to her shoulders, and a car almost fully submerged in a village in Legazpi city, Albay, some 460km south-east of the capital Manila, according to media reports.

Disaster-response officials have yet to release a full accounting of the damage.

Molave made landfall at around 6 pm in Albay on Sunday, and barrelled its way through provinces in the southern part of the main island of Luzon and the northernmost part of the Visayas in central Philippines, with winds of up to 125kmh.

The typhoon blew off roofs and knocked down walls of houses and flooded rice fields. It toppled electric posts and scattered wires across the road, cutting power to large parts of Albay.

Dozens of outrigger canoes were washed ashore in a fishing town on the island province of Oriental Mindoro. Knee-deep floods and large debris that blocked roads were reported in Cavite and Batangas provinces, just an hour south of Manila.

The Coast Guard said to media that a yacht sank off Bauan town in Batangas. Eight people were aboard. Seven were rescued, but one still could not be found. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that at least 12 fishermen who set off from Catanduanes province are now missing.