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CAT response services: Typhoon Vongfong hits Philippines

Typhoon Vongfong, the first named typhoon of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season, made landfall in the Philippines late on Thursday, May 14. The typhoon is also known as Ambo in the Philippines.

Packing sustained wind speeds of 125 kilometers per hour and gusting to 165 kilometers per hour, the typhoon is tracking across the eastern part of the Philippines leaving a trail of damage and destruction in its wake. Vongfong’s track takes it close to the nation’s capital, Manila, bringing heavy rain and high winds to metropolitan areas. By late Friday, May 15, Vongfong is expected to have tracked further east toward the Pacific Ocean. Widespread rainfall, with amounts of 100-to-250 millimeters, has been recorded. Officials have warned that heavy rain may cause flooding and landslides in vulnerable areas, and the storm surge will add to the flooding threat. Winds will likely knock down trees and utility lines, leading to loss of electricity and possible roadblocks.

Sedgwick and its local partner in the Philippines, MASCO, would like to ensure our clients know we’re here to help and are ready to provide emergency assistance in the region. For questions or assistance, please contact:

Stephen Hope, executive director, head of MCL global - Asia
+65 9179 8189  |  stephen.hope@global.sedgwick.com 

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