11/12/2020, 09.32
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Typhoon Vamco paralyzes Manila

The island of Luzon has been hit again. So far reports of one dead and three missing. In Marikina 40 thousand homes are submerged. It is the 21st cyclone to lash the country this year. Due to climate change, typhoons are becoming more powerful and lasting longer.

Manila (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Torrential rains caused by typhoon Vamco hit the island of Luzon this morning, paralyzing parts of the capital. So far there have been reports of one person dead and three missing; because of the floods, thousands of people are waiting for rescue teams on the roofs of their houses. The authorities of the city of Marikina have informed that 40 thousand homes are submerged.

Vamco has now lost its intensity. It is moving through Luzon - where half of the country's population lives, about 108 million people - towards Vietnam; it has a constant speed of 130 km / h, with gusts reaching 215 km / h.

It is the 21st cyclone to hit the Philippines this year. Earlier this month, Goni, the most powerful in the world in 2020, caused 25 deaths in Luzon; 370 thousand people were evacuated from the disaster areas. In October the area was lashed by Molave, which resulted in 22 deaths.

November should no longer be typhoon season in Southeast Asia. According to a study by the Institute of Science and Technology of the Japanese University of Okinawa, the warming of the seas generated by climate change makes hurricanes more powerful and makes them last longer. Given their increasingly devastating strength, even inland areas suffer extensive damage, not just coastal areas.

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