Southeast Asia saw five significant typhoons in October and November 2020, with severe impacts across both the Philippines and Vietnam.
The Lower Mekong Region was hit by three tropical storms in early October (Linfa, Nangka, and Saudel) that caused widespread flooding and landslides, displacing over 100,000 people across Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Typhoon Molave made landfall both in the Philippines and then along the Vietnam coast on October 28, following a similar path as Tropical Storm Linfa.
Typhoon Vamco, known locally as Ulysses, made landfall in the Philippines on November 11 as it passed over northern Calabarzon and Central Luzon Regions, coming very close to the Metro Manila area. Widespread flooding has been reported, with initial reports indicating around 40,000 homes damaged across Central Luzon and Metro Manila.
Monitoring the Impact
With strict COVID related local travel restrictions currently in place we are unable to immediately respond to these events. We are currently coordinating with our local partner, Philippines Rural Reconstruction Movement (“PRRM”), to assess the situation and prepare to provide support when restrictions are lifted.