Noul Typhoon kills two Philippines, thousands fleeing homes

A strong typhoon in northeastern coast of the Philippines leaves two people dead as prompting thousands others to flee their homes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Heavy rain and strong wind crashed the northeast coast of the Philippines where the typhoon caused deaths of  two people on Sunday and forced almost 3,000 residents to flee their homes for sheltering away.

The typhoon called “Noul” declined slightly after hitting land, with winds of 160 kph near the centre and gusts of up to 195 kph as of early Monday.

Noul is expected to move further to the north of Philippines at 19 kph and head to southern Japan by Tuesday, the British-based Tropical Storm Risk weather bureau said.

The Bureau downgraded the Noul on Monday to category four typhoon from category five.

The typhoon had hit on Sunday in the rice and corn producing province of Cagayan about 400 km north of the capital, Manila.

It toppled trees and cut power in wide areas of the province Cagayan. It is reportedly said to hovering 185 km north of the town of Aparri in Cagayan.

"The typhoon has moved away, but our problem so far is how to fix what was destroyed,” said Darwin Tobias, mayor of Santa Ana town in Cagayan.

“The small houses of our poor townmates in coastal areas were badly hit," said  Tobias.

In Taiwan, authorities warned sailors about strong winds and evacuated almost 1,000 tourists from a southeastern island.  

Although the destructive typhoon heavily affected on social life, it also brought much needed rains for rice, corns and other crop farms after an intensely dry summer in the country.

"The rains brought by Dodong (local name of Noul) helped our farmers greatly," said James Geronimo, public information officer of Isabela, the country's top corn producer and the second biggest rice-growing province.

An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines annually and fierce storms and heavy rains flatten the coastal areas in each time.

The Philippines consist of 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean between the east of South China Sea and Malaysia.

Previously more than 8,000 people died or went missing and about a million were made homeless by Haiyan typhoon that struck the central Philippines in 2013.


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