Philippines typhoon kills at least 12 people
TYPHOON Mangkhut has lashed the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rain that set off landslides and destroyed homes yesterday, leaving at least 12 people dead.
The most ferocious typhoon to hit the disaster-prone Philippines this year slammed ashore before dawn in Cagayan province on the northeastern tip of Luzon island.
China and the Philippines agreed to postpone a visit by Chinese For- eign Minister Wang Yi, that was to start today, due to the onslaught. It caused nearly 150 flights – a third of them international – to be cancelled, and halted sea travel.
Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino said the 12 died mostly in landslides and houses that got pummelled by the storm’s fierce winds and rain.
Among the dead were an infant and a two-year-old child, who died with their parents after the couple refused to immediately evacuate from their high-risk community in a mountain town in Nueva Vizcaya province, Mr Tolentino said.
Meanwhile, Storm Florence continued to batter the eastern US coast with non-stop rain, surging seawater and howling winds.
Some towns received more than two feet of rain from Florence, and forecasters warned that drenching rains totalling up to three-and-a-half feet of water could trigger epic flood- ing well inland through early next week. At least four people had died by yesterday afternoon, and authorities fear the toll will go higher, as the tropical storm crawls westwards across South Carolina.
North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper called Florence an “uninvited brute” that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.
“The fact is this storm is deadly and we are days away from an ending,” he said.
Residents in a flooded street yesterday in Tuguegarao, Philippines, as typhoon Mangkhut battered the area, leaving at least 12 people dead