Typhoon Koppu floods northern Philippines: 11 dead
| Typhoon Koppu has wreaked devastation by rain, flood and landslides in
northern Philippines. Threat of extreme rainfall and flooding still looms. One to
two feet of rain across much of northern Luzon island is likely. The current Koppu
has become a costly natural disaster in Philippine history. |
MANILA: The army and other agencies were called in to rescue the people
marooned by floods caused by typhoon Koppu in northern Philippines. Tropical
storm, known as Lando in the Philippines, caused widespread rain, flooding and
damages in the country's main northern island of Luzon. The battering will
continue, bringing more flash floods and mudslides. Over two feet of rain has
already been reported.
Starting in east-coast Aurora province where the eye of the storm lay, typhoon
Koppu began its devastating sweep across the coastal provinces Sunday. Eleven
people were dead, and 65,000 villagers rendered homeless. Nine provinces went
without electricity. By early Tuesday Koppu weakened over Ilocos Norte province.
The wind speed came down to 65 mph although high speed gusts are foorecast by
weathermen to continue for days causing more damages. Nueva Ecija province
in Luzon island and Bakun in Benguet province were the worst affected. Even some
outskirts of Manila was also affected.
Nine million residents of Luzon, 10 percent of the Philippines population, were
without power when the storm was at peak strength Sunday afternoon, according
to the Philippines National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council.
Threat of extreme rainfall and flooding still looms. One to two feet of rain across
much of northern Luzon is likely. The current Koppu has become a costly natural
disaster in Philippine history.
Typhoons are a common feature of the Philippines. In 2013, Haiyan lashed central
Philippines killing several thousands.
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