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Dozens are dead and whole villages remain underwater three days after Typhoon Vamco slammed into the Philippines, the third typhoon and fifth tropical cyclone to impact the region in recent weeks. Vamco wreaked havoc with continuous rain and wind from Wednesday, November 11, into Thursday, November 12, causing the worst flooding in years and a power outage for millions in the capital region of Manila. The extent of the devastation in northeastern provinces is still unfolding. As waters in areas reached two stories high, some stranded people, desperate for help, flooded social media with their locations and pleas for assistance. The pandemic has further complicated the situation, with thousands of displaced people crowding evacuation centers, and travel restrictions — which were not eased until Sunday, November 15 — potentially hampering aid and media access.
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