Russian Federation commiserates with ‘Ulysses’ victims

Published November 20, 2020, 8:41 PM

by Roy Mabasa

The government of the Russian Federation on Friday sent its sympathy to the Philippines and the Filipino people following the massive devastation brought by Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) that left more than 70 people dead and scores of others injured.

In a tweet, the Russian embassy in Manila said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has extended his condolences to the Philippines over the “devastating consequences” of Ulysses.

“I would like to convey my heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims as well as the wishes of speedy recovery for the injured,” the Russian embassy quoted Lavrov as saying.

Ulysses was the fifth storm to hit the Philippines over the past three weeks. It made landfall in several towns across Quezon province on the evening of November 11 with maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour.

Heavy downpours and severe flooding were experienced across Luzon, damaging more than 65,000 houses. In Metro Manila, floodwaters of up to 4.5 feet left many parts of the capital submerged, impacting over 50,000 people. Widespread power shortages and infrastructural damage have also been reported.