Vamco barrelled through Luzon from Wednesday, triggering some of Metro Manila’s worst floods in years. Spilling dams have also submerged farms and towns in provinces north of the capital, where rescuers are still trying to reach stranded individuals.
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday that climate change may have contributed to extreme weather disturbances on Luzon in recent weeks.
“The problem now, whether we accept it or not, is climate change,” Duterte said at a briefing from Cagayan Valley region, where about a third of the fatalities were recorded. The government will “redefine” efforts against illegal logging and mining, he said.
The 21st storm to hit the Philippines this year is headed for Vietnam.