Storm Linfa brings floods to northern Philippine towns

Heavy rain causes floods in Philippines, leading to schools shutting down and flights being cancelled

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Dozens of towns have been submerged after tropical storm Linfa hit the northern part of the Philippines, with authorities halting sea shipping and canceling some flights on Monday.

In the country’s capital Manila, schools were closed over fears of flooding and landslides.

Warnings were given in the northern island of Luzon ahead of tropical storm Linfa which has been carrying winds of up to 100km per hour.

Executive director of the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Alexander Pama said that his organisation is ready to evacuate people affected by the storm.

"We are grounding all sea travel and fishing operations in the north because we expect sea waves to go as high as 4 metres,” Pama said.

"We don't want any lose of life or any accidents."

Luzon's civil defense chief Chito Castro said that at least 11 towns have been affected by floodwater and power has been knocked out in large areas.

"The rain is strong, the wind is strong. Major roads are impassable. Some houses are half-covered [with water], some are completely covered," he told reporters.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms every year. The deadliest one in recent years was typhoon Haiyan which killed more than 6,300 people and left 1,000 missing in 2013.

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