Philip­pines typhoon kills at least 12 peo­ple

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

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.

JES AZNAR

Res­i­dents in a flooded street yes­ter­day in Tuguegarao, Philip­pines, as typhoon Mangkhut bat­tered the area, leav­ing at least 12 peo­ple dead

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