Typhoon Vamco caused devastating flooding in the Philippines

Typhoon Vamco caused devastating flooding in the Philippines.Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Typhoon Vamco just before the storm made landfall in the Philippines on November 11, 2020. 

With maximum wind speeds of 90 miles per hour, Vamco claimed at least six lives and led to more than 100,000 evacuations.

When the storm struck the island of Luzon, a river in the metropolitan area of Manila rose by three feet in less than three hours, causing the worst flooding the city has experienced in years. Typhoon Vamco caused devastating flooding in the Philippines. 

Vamco arrived less than two weeks after Super Typhoon Goni brought heavy rainfall  and wind speeds of more than 195 miles per hour to the same regions.

The image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.The Philippines’ position as an island country on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the country prone to earthquakes and typhoons. The country has a variety of natural resources and a globally significant level of biodiversity. The Philippines has an area of around 300,000 km2 (120,000 sq mi) with a population of around 109 million people. As of 2020, it is the 8th-most populated country in Asia and the 13th-most populated country in the world. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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