More than 30,000 evacuated in the Philippines by the passage of Typhoon Molave

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Typhoon Molave, which between Sunday and Monday swept the center of Philippines, has forced the evacuation of more than 30,000 people by causing strong winds, torrential rains and floods, according to local media counts.

The storm, which became a typhoon a few hours before reaching Philippines On Sunday afternoon, it 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, making landfall a total of five times.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, evacuation work has been complicated, since social distance must be guaranteed in shelters – most 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 have been trapped in ports when maritime transport between islands was suspended due to the strong waves caused by the typhoon, locally baptized as Quinta.

The Philippine Meteorological Agency (Pagasa) maintains alert number 3 (out of a total of 5) for wind and rain in most of the central provinces of the country, while Molave ​​was on Monday morning over the western island of Mindoro, with about 1,000 evacuees.

The typhoon reached Mindoro with sustained winds of 125 kilometers per hour and gusts of 180 km / h and is expected to leave the country throughout the day via the South China Sea, where it will probably strengthen in the next 24-48 hours in his journey to Vietnam.

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