Typhoon Koppu hits northern Philippines
Oct.18, Manila: Thousands of people in Philippines have fled their homes as powerful Typhoon Koppu has hit the northern Philippines with powerful winds in the coast. Weather forecasters have warned that it could last up to three days.
Around 6,500 people were evacuated from their homes and taken to safer ground just before the typhoon struck, the civil defence office said.
Disaster agency officials said that the storm was also whipping up coastal surges 4m (12ft) high.
The huge, slow-moving typhoon made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island of Luzon on Sunday morning.
Head of the government's main disaster agency Alexander Pama said that 10,000 people had been displaced in north-eastern Luzon but no casualties had been reported so far.
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.
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