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LOOK: Pinoys in COVID-19 quarantine deal with Typhoon Ambo's wrath

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2020 02:35 AM

As the country deals with the ongoing quarantine restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Typhoon Ambo hammered parts of the Philippines with torrential rain and winds of up to 125 km/h.

Mandatory evacuations were made even more complicated in areas prone to flooding and landslides, as quarantine protocols were still in effect to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. 

Resources, already spread thin because of the pandemic, presented an additional challenge to some local governments as evacuation centers can only be filled to a fraction of their capacity. 

In less affected areas, some services and frontliners carried on with their duties amid the downpour.

Ambo, the country’s first typhoon for the year, is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday. 

Here are some scenes during the typhoon. 

A man crosses the highway along Pagbilao town, Quezon on Friday, a day after Typhoon Ambo made its initial landfall. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Leaves and branches are strewn about in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Bulan town, Sorsogon on Friday. Allen John Placer Servando via Reuters

A tricycle crosses a flooded area in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Bulan town, Sorsogon on Friday. Allen John Placer Servando via Reuters

Public works employees clear a highway of fallen trees in Oras town, Eastern Samar, on Thursday, a day after Typhoon Ambo hit the town. Alren Beronio, AFP

Residents wade along a flooded village caused by Typhoon Ambo as it passed by Sorsogon on Friday. More than 150,000 people were riding out a weakening typhoon at emergency shelters on Friday after a mass evacuation that was complicated and slowed by the coronavirus. Melchor Hilotin, AP

Residents retrieve debris that fell into the river as Typhoon Ambo hit the town of Atimonan, Quezon on Friday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A resident of Atimonan town, Quezon rushes to tie down fishing boats as Typhoon Ambo hits the area on Friday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A resident clears a walkway due to strong winds in Atimonan town, Quezon on Friday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A man stands inside a hut destroyed by Typhoon Ambo in Atimonan town, Quezon on Friday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Children pick up mangoes on the ground in Atimonan town, Quezon on Friday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A man riding a bicycle uses his umbrella as torrential rain soaks Manila on Friday. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against COVID-19 walks along a street in Manila as Ambo hits parts of the country. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

A police officer mans a checkpoint set up for the enhanced community quarantine along the South Luzon Expressway in Makati despite strong rains and winds brought by Ambo on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Manned checkpoints continue to operate in Makati as a precaution against COVID-19. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A vulcanizing shop in Makati services the motorcycle of a courier and other essential vehicles amid Ambo's onslaught Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Pedestrians use their umbrellas to shield themselves from strong winds and heavy rains in Mandaluyong City as Ambo battered several parts of the country Friday. The strong typhoon complicates government efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 as 140,000 Filipinos fled to cramped evacuation centers in several provinces. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

A man braves the strong rains with just a poncho in Mandaluyong on Friday. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Residents of the coastal barangay in San Policarpio town, Eastern Samar try to recover items from their houses destroyed by the typhoon a a day after it hit the area. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

Residents of San Policarpio town, Eastern Samar, prepare food outside the ruins of their home a day after Ambo made landfall. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

Evacuees in Atimonan town, Quezon, follow physical distancing and wear face masks as a precaution against COVID-19. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Residents of Atimonan town, Quezon, living near the coast gather at an evacuation center in Barangay Zone 1, Poblacion as the typhoon hit the area on Friday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN New