Typhoon in northern Philippines leaves 15 dead

Typhoon in northern Philippines leaves 15 dead and several others missing

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Residents wade across floodwaters caused by Typhoon Goni in Bacnotan, La Union, in northern Philippines August 22, 2015.

A powerful typhoon on Sunday killed at least 15 people and left several others missing in northern Philippines, officials said.

More than one hundred rescuers are conducting rescue operations in a gold-mining village in hopes of finding potential survivors.

The typhoon has sustained winds of 140km/h and gusts of up to 170km/h. It has triggered landslides and floods, submerging houses under mud.

Thousands have been evacuated to higher areas.

Domestic flights were cancelled in Philippines after the incident.

According to country’s weather bureau, the storm is the ninth out of an average of 20 that hit the Philippines each year.

TRTWorld and agencies