Tropical storm “Noru” caused severe damage in the Philippines with wind speeds of almost 200 kilometers per hour and heavy rainfall. / Typhoon Noru hits Philippines
At least five people were killed. At times, the storm was classified by the authorities as a super typhoon.
Typhoon Noru: Rescuers died
Local governor Daniel Fernando said the dead were members of a rescue team. They were working in a flooded village north of the capital Manila when they were hit by a falling wall.
“Noru” made landfall in Quezon province on the main island of Luzon on Sunday evening. More than 8,000 people had been taken to safety as a precaution. Dozens of flights and ferry services have been canceled. The power went out in some regions. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. took a helicopter tour of the damage.
About 20 typhoons per year in the Philippines
According to the weather service, the hurricane, which is called “Karding” in the Philippines, has meanwhile weakened. With wind speeds of 140 kilometers per hour, he was traveling in a north-westerly direction. It was expected that “Noru” will leave the island nation in the evening.
The Philippines are hit by an average of about 20 typhoons each year. The worst storm to date, Haiyan, killed more than 6,300 people in November 2013. At the end of last year, Typhoon Rai caused severe devastation, killing more than 400 people.
At least five dead after super typhoon Noru in the Philippines
A powerful typhoon has killed at least five people in the Philippines. Flooding occurred and tens of thousands had to be evacuated. According to the national weather agency, the super typhoon “Noru” had accelerated in an “explosive manner” never measured before.
Super Typhoon Noru has claimed five lives in the Philippines.
According to the authorities, these are rescue workers who had been sent to a flooded area. The typhoon, which was accompanied by heavy rain and gusty winds on the main island of Luzon, is the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year. However, the damage to property was limited.
According to official sources, the five rescue workers died while working in San Miguel in the province of Bulacan, near the capital Manila. They were sent to flooded areas by the provincial government, said San Miguel Police Chief Romualdo Andres. While they were wading through the flood water, a wall collapsed next to them, causing them to drift into water with strong currents.
Philippines: Typhoon accelerated in ‘explosive fashion’ never before measured
“Noru” made landfall as a super typhoon northeast of Manila in the Philippines on Sunday after accelerating in an “explosive manner” never measured before, according to the National Weather Agency. Its speed had increased to 195 kilometers per hour, later “Noru” weakened into a typhoon and crossed a mountainous region, coconut plantations and rice fields.
Almost 75,000 people had to evacuate their homes due to evacuation orders. In particular in Burdeos on the island of Polillo off Luzon, individual houses were flooded and numerous banana trees were destroyed. Overall, however, according to current reports, the damage to property was limited. “We were prepared,” Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said in a meeting with civil protection agencies. In the case of natural disasters, one cannot be too careful.