Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Typhoon kills 10, injures 5 in Philippines

At least 10 people were killed and five others injured as typhoon Koppu, locally named Lando, lashed the northern Philippines for the second day, the government reported Monday night.

As of 12 p.m. local time, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said a total of 283,486 persons were affected in the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol and Cordillera Administrative Region, with 36 road sections and 18 bridges remains not impassable.

Powerful winds and heavy rain caused power interruptions in three cities and 65 municipalities in Luzon. Bad weather also led to the cancellation of 48 flights, with more than 5,000 passengers and 215 rolling cargoes stranded.

Most of communication lines in Luzon have been restored except Casiguran, Aurora, where Koppu made landfall on Sunday morning.

Due to bad weather, classes and government work have been suspended in most of northern Philippines.

  Xinhua - china.org.cn


  1. Philippines warns of further flood risk after Koppu...

    Philippine authorities have warned of the risk of further flooding, as Tropical Storm Koppu continues to churn across the country.

    Koppu weakened from a typhoon on Monday as it reached Ilocos Norte province, on the north-western tip of Luzon , but is still bringing torrential rain across region.

    At least 12 people have been killed.

    One of the worst-hit areas was Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila, where a state of calamity has been declared.

    The storm - known locally as Lando - did not hit there directly, but villages were inundated by water pouring off nearby mountains, trapping many people on the roofs of their homes.....BBC

  2. Le typhon Koppu fait 22 morts aux Philippines ...

    La pluie s'abattait sans relâche mardi sur le nord des Philippines, archipel régulièrement affligé par des intempéries meurtrières, où le typhon Koppu a fait au moins 22 morts, selon un nouveau bilan.

    Le typhon a touché terre dimanche sur la côte orientale de Luzon, la principale île de l'archipel, accompagné de vents soufflant en rafales de 210 km/h. Depuis, il s'est affaibli en tempête tropicale et se trouvait en mer de Chine méridionale mais ses pluies continuaient de s'abattre sur des régions déjà détrempées.

    La tempête, deuxième typhon le plus puissant à frapper l'archipel cette année, a contraint à l'évacuation des dizaines de milliers de personnes. Elle a touché d'une manière ou d'une autre 300 000 Philippins, a estimé l'agence nationale pour la gestion des catastrophes...............http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_le-typhon-koppu-fait-22-morts-aux-philippines?id=9113101

  3. Death toll from storm in Philippines climbs to 39...

    he death toll from a storm that battered the Philippines’ main island over the weekend has climbed to at least 39, officials said today (Oct 21).

    Tropical Storm Koppu, which barrelled ashore as a powerful typhoon in the northeastern Philippines on Sunday before weakening, forced more than 100,000 villagers into emergency shelters and destroyed rice fields ready for harvest.

    The storm blew away from the main island of Luzon yesterday and was over the Balintang Channel in the country’s northern tip this morning, with winds of 55 kilometres per hour near its center, according to the government’s weather bureau.

    At least 39 people were killed in the storm, mostly due to drowning, landslides, fallen trees and collapsed walls, said civilian defense officials. Several people were reported missing and more than 500,000 were affected by Koppu, including 107,000 who fled to evacuation centres.

    Disaster-response agencies said the rain dumped by the storm in the mountainous north flowed down rivers and flooded villages downstream in provinces including Pangasinan, where thousands of residents were evacuated on Monday.

    “We saw that there was lot of rain that fell in the mountains. There was a possibility of flash floods so residents were evacuated to safer grounds,” said Melchito Castro of the regional Office of Civil Defense........AP.......todayonline.com


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