Philippines warns over deepening flood after Typhoon Koppu

Philippines specialists caution danger of further flooding, after latest typhoon to hit storm-ravaged nation, 22 people die in Koppu

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Typhoon Koppu tore through the main island of Luzon in Philippines on Sunday as it reached Ilocos Norte province on Monday and moved into the South China Sea by Tuesday morning after twenty-two people died, but is still bringing torrential rain across region.

Heavy rain and floods have affected dozens of villages in the northern Philippines.

Twenty-two people were killed in floods, landslides and boat accidents, as well as by flying debris, according to an AFP tally based on confirmed figures from national and local authorities.

More than 200 villages in the farming regions were flooded on Tuesday, with some areas more than one metre (three feet) under water, according to a report from the local civil defence office.

Many troops, police and volunteers have tried to help with rescue and relief efforts. President Benigno Aquino has visited Nueva Ecija and helped distribute emergency supplies in a shelter for those forced from their homes.

Residents of villages further downstream have been warned not to return to their homes."They think it is safe already to go back to their communities but we are preventing them right now," Mr. Aquino said.

The disaster agency figures show 183,000 people had been evacuated from low-lying and landslide-prone areas and brought to shelters and about 6,000 people were stranded in various ports across the main Luzon island.

Philippines, familiar with typhoons and tropical storms, is struck by nearly 20 typhoons every year.

Typhoon Haiyan, in 2013, caused serious destruction and left more than 7,300 people dead or missing.


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