The Philippines braces for another storm to hit the Southeast Asian nation this weekend, days after Typhoon Molave left at least 16 dead and thousands at evacuation sites .
Goni, which has turned into a severe tropical storm, is expected to intensify further as it enters Philippine waters on Thursday evening, the country’s meteorological office said. It will bring heavy rains to central and southern Luzon from Friday.
Typhoon Molave killed at least 16 people and affected more than a million more, 300,000 of whom fled their homes. Before traveling to Vietnam, the 17th typhoon to enter the Philippines damaged nearly 1.5 billion pesos in crops and destroyed 23,500 homes, authorities said.
On average, 20 cyclones pass through the disaster-prone Philippines each year. In May, the government said storms were likely to complicate the country’s fight against the coronavirus by evacuating tens of thousands of people from areas affected by the typhoon.
Photograph: Typhoon Molave killed at least 16 people and affected more than a million others, 300,000 of whom fled their homes in the Philippines. Photo credit: Erik De Castro / TBEN / Getty Images.
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