Typhoon Goni completely destroys power system in Philippine island hinh anh 1A photo provided by the Philippine Red Cross (Photo: http://the star.com.my)
Hanoi (VNA) - The Red Cross of the Philippines said on November 3 that eight towns on Catanduanes island were cut off and it could take months to restore power to the island of 260,000 people, which was devastated by the most powerful typhoon this year.

According to the Red Cross, an estimated 25,000 houses on the island were destroyed by Typhoon Goni, which was packing winds of 225 kilometres per hour when it slammed into the island on November 1 before sweeping across southern Luzon.

Robert Kaufman, country head for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said there are no telecoms services on the island and it could take months to restore power.

Emergency rescuers were trying to reach eight towns that have been cut off by landslides, Kaufman said.

Ferocious winds and torrential rain destroyed at least 25,000 homes on the island and damaged another 45,000, he said, noting that the numbers are expected to rise.

Goni came a week after Typhoon Molave roared through the country. At least 20 people were killed by Goni, including six in Catanduanes and 14 in nearby Albay province on Luzon island.

It is the strongest storm in the world so far this year and one of the strongest to hit the Philippines since super typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which claimed over 6,300 lives./.