Philippine tropical cyclones

Ulysses forces over 350,000 Filipinos to flee their homes

Rambo Talabong
Ulysses forces over 350,000 Filipinos to flee their homes

FORCED OUT. Residents flee to higher ground as the Marikina River swells due to continuous rain brought by Typhoon Ulysses on Thursday, November 12.

File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

More than half of the evacuees are from the Bicol Region

Over 350,000 Filipinos were evacuated because of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), a tropical cyclone that unleashed strong winds and heavy downpour.

In its latest situation report as of 6 pm Thursday, November 12, the Philippine National Police (PNP) recorded 352,509 individuals forced out of their homes in the following regions:

  • Bicol – 193,532
  • Calabarzon – 78,647
  • Metro Manila – 36,256
  • Central Luzon – 20,991
  • Mimaropa – 14,952
  • Cagayan Valley – 5,985
  • Ilocos – 1,324
  • Cordillera Administrative Region – 822

Police counted 12,277 evacuation centers housing the displaced. The PNP also reported that it rescued some 7,897 stranded individuals, mostly from Metro Manila.

In the same situation report, the PNP counted at least 13 killed and 20 injured across the country in the wake of the typhoon. At least 15 people were missing.

The evacuations were due to the strong winds and heavy downpour brought by Ulysses, which led to massive floods in Metro Manila and surrounding regions.

Many of the evacuees during Ulysses were still reeling from Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni), the world’s strongest tropical cyclone in 2020 which forced almost a million Filipinos out of their homes in early November. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.