Evacuation in Philippines as powerful typhoon nears

Thousands of people evacuated in Philippines ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Noul

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Philippines evacuated thousands of people in the northeastern and central part of its main island of Luzon on Saturday as a powerful typhoon approaches.  Others were evacuated from near a volcano that has been spewing steam and ash.

Typhoon Noul, a category 4 storm with winds of 160 kph and gusts of up to 195 kph, is expected to make landfall in less than 24 hours.

The weather bureau raised storm alerts in 19 areas on Luzon. It also warned about strong winds and landslides in mountainous areas.

More than 11,000 people were moved to temporary shelters in two towns around Mount Bulusan, a volcano which erupted twice this week.

Alexander Pama, head of national disaster risk reduction and management council, said Noul's intense rainfall could topple power lines, uproot trees, blow roofs off thatched houses and damage crops.

Tyhpoon Noul is the fourth to hit the Southeast Asian country this year. An average of 20 typhoons cross the Philippines annually.

TRTWorld and agencies