Manila 18 October 2015:Â Hundred of houses have been flattened, power lines plunged, and Â thousands Â of people have absconded their homes as â€œTyphoon Koppuâ€ scrubbed into the northern Philippines today.
The huge and horrible slow-moving typhoon made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island of Luzon on Sunday morning.Koppu brought winds of close to 200 km (124 miles) an hour and whipped up coastal surges 4m (12ft) high.Three days of torrential rain has been forecasted, triggering major flooding and possibly landslides hilly areas.
Alexander Pama, head of the government’s main disaster agency, said 10,000 people had been displaced in north-eastern Luzon but no casualties had been reported so far.
“Initially, we are getting [reports that] many houses were destroyed, power lines toppled and trees blocking major roads,” said agencies. The storm was moving west at a speed of just 3km/h (2mph) they added.”It has slowed almost to a crawl. We were hoping it would speed up and spare us sooner,”
Flights and ferry services in the north have been cancelled and some bus services in mountain areas suspended due to the threat of landslides.On Friday, President Benigno Aquino made a televised warning; the first time he had done so since Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 6,300 people.
Typhoon Koppu, also known as Lando, is up to 650 km across and producing winds of up to 250km/h (155mph). It is slow moving, meaning it could bring intense rain over a long period of time.Â Speaking from Manila, Lotta Sylwander of Unicef told the Glocal khabar that people in the worst hit areas needed to be able to sustain themselves for up to 72 hours.
“That’s how long the typhoon is going to take to pass and during that time it’s going to be extremely difficult to come in with any kind of transport,” she said.