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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Tropical storm displaces thousands in Philippines

MANILA, Filipinas ( Associated Press) —

A tropical storm hit the northern Philippines on Wednesday, injuring at least three and displacing thousands, forcing authorities to close schools and government offices in the capital and several provinces and causing flooding and landslides. There was a possibility.

Ma-on weakened widely through the mountainous northern provinces and left the country overnight with sustained winds of 95 kilometers (59 mph) and gusts of 115 km/h (71 mph). Gave. According to meteorologists, the meteorite had fallen in the city of Maconcon in Isabella province on Tuesday morning.

He said the strength of the storm could be offshore as it moved toward southern China.

Although the meteorite hit was felt mainly in the extreme north of the Luzon region, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. suspended classes in all public schools and closed government offices in the densely populated metropolis of Manila and several surrounding areas from Tuesday to Wednesday. has been closed. A precautionary measure due to local flooding and strong winds.

“Heavy rain poses a potential risk to the population,” press secretary Trixie Cruz-Engels said.

The suspension of classes was ordered after lakhs of primary and secondary students physically returned to classes on Monday for the first time since a two-year ban due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The storm was one of the ongoing problems that the education authorities were grappling with, along with the lack of classes, an alarming rate of illiteracy among children and the decision to resume classes individually post-COVID. There was a danger of the threat of -19.

Rueli Rapsin, an emergency official, said three villagers were injured and taken to hospitals after trees fell in Cagayan province. In that region alone, more than 7,000 people were evacuated from cities due to floods, landslides and tidal waves.

Some of the worst-hit provinces were still recovering from the devastation caused by a powerful earthquake last month, raising fears of more landslides.

The Philippines records about 20 thunderstorms and tropical storms each year. The archipelago lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a region of earthquake faults and volcanoes in the ocean basin that makes the country one of the most disaster-prone.

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