Typhoon displaces thousands, Flooding villages in Philippines

There were no immediate reports of casualties from Typhoon Molave, but police reported one person was lost and seven other people were rescued after their yacht sank off Batangas province south of Manila.

The typhoon has sustained winds of 125 km (77 kilometers ) per hour and gusts up to 180 kph (112 kilometers ) per hour and has been blowing off at 25 kph (15 mph). Molave is predicted to begin blowing from the nation to the South China Sea on Monday, government forecasters said.

At least 25,000 villagers were homeless with roughly 20,000 carrying refuge in schools and government buildings that were turned into evacuation facilities, according to the Office of Civil Defense.

“Villagers are now requesting to be rescued due to the sudden end which blew roofs away,” Humerlito Dolor, governor of Oriental Mindoro province, told DZMM radio.

Dolor said beating rains overnight swamped farming villages from his state then ferocious winds toppled trees and electricity posts early on Monday, knocking off electricity. Police were clearing roads of fallen trees and debris in certain cities after the typhoon passed,” he explained.

Over 1,800 freight truck drivers, passengers and workers were stranded in ports after the coast guard barred boats and ferry boats from entering rough seas.

Around 20 typhoons and storms yearly batter the Philippines, along with the Southeast Asian archipelago are seismically active, with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, which makes it among the planet’s most disaster-prone nations.