Typhoon Vamco buried the Philippines in water, mud, and debris • Earth.com

Last update: December 1st, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the northern portion of Luzon Island in the Philippines just after the country was ravaged by Typhoon Vamco, the third typhoon to impact this region in just four weeks. 

In the Philippines alone, dozens of people were killed and many are still missing. The Philippine National Police report that more than 100,000 people were rescued from the fast-moving floodwaters, including 41,000 in the capital city of Manila.

Heavy rainfall, floods, and landslides associated with Typhoon Vamco have damaged or destroyed more than 67,000 homes throughout the country. As the floodwaters recede, many villages are still covered in debris and mud.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at least 3.6 million people have been affected by the flooding, with nearly 280,000 displaced. 

The image was captured on November 18, 2020 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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