Around 7.25 lakh people have been evacuated as they brace for heavy rain and coastal floods as Typhoon Melor is likely to make landfall into central Philippines, according to officials. As many as 40 domestic flights, 73 ferries and hundreds of fishing boats have been affected with torn off roofs when the storm struck eastern Phillipines.
According to the weather bureau, the typhoon packing winds of 150 km and intense rain within 300 km made its landfall at Batag Island in the eastern Philippines on 14 December, while a second landfall was likely in Sorsogon province at the southeastern tip of the main island of Luzon.
According to a regional civil defense official, residents voluntarily went into shelter homes on 13 December night, but on 14 December, they were forcibly driven into the shelters following an order by the governor.
It may be mentioned that 20 typhoons hit Phillipines every year.