Typhoon Goni slams the Philippines, killing at least 10

More than 300 homes have been buried under volcanic rocks and mud rivers from Mayon Volcano in hard-hit Albay Province in the Bicol region, a lawmaker said.

Storm surges hit some coastal cities while rivers overflowed and levees were destroyed and several villages in Bicol were sunk.

The civil defense office said the dead and missing were all in Bicol, including nine in Albay.

Earlier in the day, Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara reported that a five-year-old had been washed away in flash floods in his province. The civil protection agency was still validating the reports.

In the municipality of Guinobatan, Ako Bicol parolist Zaldy Co said that more than 300 houses had been buried under volcanic rubble.

“Several people are said to have been buried alive,” said the party list in a statement on the photos of the destruction.

Goni continued to weaken after landing in Quezon Province for the third time and Batangas for the fourth time before heading for the South China Sea.

The world’s strongest storm that year, which had reached a super typhoon category and brought in fierce winds and intense rainfall, weakened with sustained winds of 125 km / h (78 miles per hour) and gusts up to 170 km / h continue from.

In Quezon Province, Governor Danilo Suarez said power was cut in 10 cities when Goni toppled trees.

President Rodrigo Duterte oversaw the government’s disaster response from his southern hometown of Davao, said President spokesman Harry Roque.

Over 390,000 people had fled to safer areas, including more than 345,000 in evacuation centers, and raised concerns about coronavirus-related health protocol compliance.

Dozens of flights were canceled when Manila’s main gate, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, was closed for a day.

The Department of Agriculture anticipated minimal crop damage as 1.07 million tonnes of unground rice and 45,703 tonnes of corn had been saved from the typhoon onslaught as farmers were advised to take action before it arrived.

Goni is one of the strongest storms in the Philippines since Haiyan 2013, which killed more than 6,300 people.

The weather bureau said another cyclone, tropical storm Atsani, had come into the country and could gain strength.