Typhoon Molave, which swept through the central Philippines between Sunday and Monday, forced the evacuation of more than 30,000 people by causing strong winds, torrential rains and flooding, according to local media counts.
The storm, which became a typhoon a few hours before reaching the Philippines on Sunday afternoon, made landfall at 6:10 p.m. local time (12:10 GMT) in the province of Albay, on the eastern coast of the center of the country, and continued its journey. between islands to the west touching down a total of five times.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, evacuation efforts were complicated, as social distance must be guaranteed in shelters -the majority are in schools where no more than eight people are allowed per class- and the use of a mask is mandatory.
According to the partial count of the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction, at least 570 people were trapped in ports when maritime transport between islands was suspended due to the strong waves caused by the typhoon, locally baptized as Quinta.
The meteorological agency of the Philippines (Pagasa) maintained this Monday morning the alert number 3 (out of a total of 5) due to wind and rain in much of the central provinces of the country, while Molave was on the western island of Mindoro, with about 1,000 evacuees.
The typhoon reached Mindoro with sustained winds of 125 kilometers per hour and 180 km / h gusts and was expected to leave the country later in the day for the South China Sea, where probably will get stronger in the next 24-48 hours on his way to Vietnam.
However, the effects of Molave will be felt on the western coast of the Philippines until Tuesday, when the typhoon will leave its area.