Typhoon Vongfong Makes Landfall in the Philippines Leaving Thousands Homeless

Evacuation Efforts Have Been Frustrated by Coronavirus Outbreak

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Hundreds of people have been evacuated in the Philippines after the island was hit by a strong typhoon pummels.

Typhoon Vongfong, the first to hit the country this year, slammed into the eastern provinces on Thursday afternoon. The storm was characterized by strong winds of 96 miles an hour, the state weather bureau said.

Provincial and city governments are grappling with logistical and space issues due to coronavirus outbreak.

An estimated 200,000 people require evacuation from their homes in the coastal and mountainous areas because of fears of flooding and landslides.

“Our problem right now is where to squeeze our people, while making sure they practice social distancing” the governor of the Eastern Samar province said.