Philip­pines hit by mas­sive Typhoon

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

A pow­er­ful typhoon is bat­ter­ing the north­ern Philip­pines, with at least one per­son dead, sev­eral miss­ing and thou­sands forced to flee their homes.

Typhoon Koppu made land­fall near the town of Casig­u­ran on the is­land of Lu­zon on Sun­day morn­ing, bring­ing winds of close to 200km/h (124mph).

The vast weather sys­tem top­pled trees and power lines, trig­ger­ing floods and land­slides.

Koppu has since weak­ened but of­fi­cials fear fur­ther flood­ing.

With the typhoon mov­ing slowly, heavy rain is likely to fall in the same ar­eas for sev­eral days.

More than 15,000 peo­ple have had to evac­u­ate their homes, with more ex­pected in the com­ing days.

“I must em­pha­sise that this is just the start. Peo­ple must re­main alert while we try to pick up the pieces in ar­eas al­ready hit,” said Alexan­der Pama, head of the gov­ern­ment’s main dis­as­ter agency, quoted by AFP.

A teenage boy was killed and four other peo­ple in­jured in Manila, when a tree top­pled onto houses.

Typhoon Koppu brought flood­ing to the north­ern Philip­pines

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