Although human-made disasters are indeed dreaded, they hold nothing to catastrophes brought about by Mother Nature. Consequently, people fear natural calamities, of whatever scale they may be, on an unprecedented level. This trepidation holds firmer if a person has experienced such adversity first hand.
Even among natural cataclysms, typhoons equal destruction like no other. As such, places prone to frequent typhoons must always be vigilant to evacuate people at a moment’s notice. Even so, the consequences are not favourable most times, with an unparalleled loss to both life and property every time such adversity transpires. Accordingly, the typhoon Goni, which hit the Philippines, amassed severe financial losses and costing the locals’ lives.
Concerning: Typhoon Goni
The typhoon named Goni, or Rolly in the Philippines, brought with it destructive winds at a speed equivalent to 140mph or 225km/hr, in addition to an unceasing torrential downpour. It led to tremendous damage to residential complexes plus roads. All transportation halted consequent to the flash flooding and obliteration of paved paths.
Goni struck the Catanduanes island at 7:50 P.M G.M.T. on October 31, 2020. However, its strength weakened when it reached the main island where Manila is situated, Luzon. Nonetheless, reports warned residents of the potential appalling winds and intense deluge that might follow soon after. Additionally, the flash floodings, perpetual landslides, and mudflows made it difficult for people to leave the evacuation centres in any instance.
Devastation: Typhoon Goni
Goni battered all that lay in its path, including tin roofs, roads, houses, trees, and so forth. Consequently, all affected areas experienced resultant power outages, expurgated communications, damage to established structures.
Furthermore, in specific locales, flash flooding ensued in even destruction to particular evacuation centers. Coastal areas underwent critical flooding, with some villages being submerged, primarily in the Bicol region.
Mortalities: Typhoon Goni
The chief concern lies in the cut off communications with Virac town on Catanduanes island. The media could discern no information on the people’s well-being owing to the forfeiture of communications.
Although the disaster management agency did not disclose confirmed deaths yet, we know that there have been four casualties so far. Reportedly, all four fatalities transpired in the Albay province of Bicol. Unfortunately, it also includes the demise of a five-year-old who fell victim to the flash floods.
Philippines’ Formulation: Typhoon Goni
As storms frequently prevail in the Philippines, it remains well aware of what precautions and undertakings to adopt in crisis times. Nevertheless, this time, the COVID-19 pandemic led to unsolicited complications in the evacuation. Officials moved over 3,45,000 residents to safety, with the coronavirus affected patients receiving treatment in isolated tents. Preceding the typhoon’s arrival, all ports and airports received the order of shutting down. Schools, gyms, and other public facilities received the same instructions.
Although the pandemic laid waste on the disaster funds, the government spared no effort to supplying relief goods, P.P.E.s, and heavy machinery to affected areas. Moreover, prudent judgments saved the desecration of more than one million tonnes of unmilled rice plus over 45,000 tonnes of corn.
Goni stands the most powerful storm since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 to raze the Philippines to such a degree. Additionally, Typhoon Molave, which hit the country very recently, had left unrepairable damage to both life and property. Furthermore, health officials fear the citizen’s lives due to the evacuations during the pandemic. Nevertheless, the government has done its utmost in the service of its people.
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