Typhoon Vamco lashes the Philippines

Torrential rains from Typhoon Vamco lashed provinces in the Philippines' main Luzon island on Thursday (November 11), killing at least one person and paralyzing parts of the capital Manila as some residents awaited rescue by boat due to rising flood waters.

In Marikina City, one of the suburbs of Metro Manila, residents waded through floodwater, some with their pets, and sought shelter on higher grounds due to flash floods from an overflowing river. Rescue teams were dispatched to evacuate residents stuck on top of their homes.

Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said 40,000 homes had been either fully or partially submerged in the area. Flights and mass transit in Manila were suspended while the coast guard stopped port operations.

Vamco has since weakened, with sustained winds of 130 km (81 miles) per hour as it moves across Luzon. It is forecast to head towards Vietnam next.