Hurricane Goni – known locally as Rolly – is a category of five hurricanes with 215 kilometers per hour (133 miles per hour) sustaining winds and winds up to 265 kph (164 mph). It will make landfall on Sunday as the strongest storm to hit the Philippines since Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people in November 2013.
Gremil Naz, a local disaster official, told DZBB, had begun evacuation ahead of previous evacuations in coastal and landslide-prone communities in the Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur provinces, while primary Albay provincial authorities will order residents in at-risk areas to leave their homes. Train station.
Authorities are facing another setback: the need to impose social distance in evacuation centers to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Philippines has the second highest number of Covid-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia.
Grace America, mayor of the town of Infanta in Quezon province, told DZBB, relief goods, heavy machinery and personal protective equipment have been located in key areas. “But because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our funds for disaster concerns and costs are not enough,” she said.
Local officials canceled port operations and banned fishermen from going to sea.
Typhoon Goni, which travels westward at 20 km / h from the Pacific, will bring intense rains over the capital and its 14 neighboring provinces on Saturday night, while also threatening flooding and landslides. .
Another storm, Atsani, is strengthening just outside the Philippines. About 20 storms make landfall in the Philippines each year.