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Typhoon Vamco Floods Metro Manila

Typhoon Vamco crippled cities in Metro Manila with massive flooding

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George Buid
George Buidhttp://www.georgebuid.com/
An independent photojournalist of the Philippines capturing life as it passes by. He contributes to different news outlet and press publications.

PHILIPPINES. Manila. Typhoon Vamco (Ulysses) hit Metro Manila on 12 November 2020. The third storm to hit the Philippines following super typhoon Goni and typhoon Atsani. Thus, it flooded and crippled several cities in the metropolitan area.

typhoon Vamco floods Parañaque City
A motorcycle tries to pass through the flood in Parañaque City.
Photo credit: Pond News Asia\Kevin Icabales © 12 Nov. 2020

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) report the eye of typhoon Vamco is found West of Iba, Zambales at 10:00 AM. It sustained a maximum wind speed of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) crossed near the center. Then, it moves with a maximum wind gust of 200 kph. Yet, it moves to the west at a speed of 25 kph.

The storm landfalls three times

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First, typhoon Vamco made landfall on 11 November at 10:30 PM in Patnanungan, Quezon. PAGASA set a heavy rainfall warning number three at 11:00 PM. They expected it to cause a severe flood and may need immediate rescue response.

The woman carefully walks the flood so as not to get the skirt wet in Mandaluyong City.
Photo credit: George Buid © 12 Nov. 2020

Then, the storm landfalls at 11:20 PM on the same day in Burdeos, Quezon. The typhoon Vamco caused the water levels in dams to rise. Therefore, the water dams released excess water to prevent overflow. This started with Ipo Dam at 12:30 AM but that could cause flooding in nearby areas.

Typhoon Vamco causes this river to overflow with raging waters in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Photo credit: Pond News Asia\Emerito Antonio ©012 Nov. 2020
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Finally, typhoon Vamco made landfall at 1:40 AM on 12 November 2020 in General Nakar, Quezon. The third landfall winds intensified and caused a tropical cyclone warning at 2:00 AM. The strong wind tore roofs to pieces, brought down trees, drifted cargo vessels to the wall, and created a power blackout.

Typhoon Vamco drifts this cargo vessel to hit a wall.
A cargo vessel drifts to the breakwater wall of Manila Bay by the SM Mall of Asia.
Photo credit: Pond News Asia\Elmer Nev Valenzuela © 12 Nov. 2020

The last storm of the week caused additional destruction

Typhoon Vamco ends a streak of storms for this week. It followed super typhoon Goni and typhoon Atsani. Yet, PAGASA continues to monitor for incoming storms to hit the country.

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However, typhoon Vamco left massive floods that sunk homes up to their roofs. Also, the rivers overflowed and caused raging floodwaters. Evacuations occurred for residences within the area to move them to a safer location.

Rescuers push this boat full of people through the flooded waters in the Kalentong area in Mandaluyong City.
Photo credit: Rhoy Cobilla © 12 Nov. 2020

Metro Manila left flooded from the heavy rains of typhoon Vamco. Veteran photojournalist Rhoy Cobilla reports his experience to Transcontinental Times. He said, “I went to cover the area in Kalentong and pass the unflooded areas first. Eventually, I rode a boat to get inside the flooded area.”


  • George Buid

    An independent photojournalist of the Philippines capturing life as it passes by. He contributes to different news outlet and press publications.

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