Philippines: At least five dead after Super Typhoon Noru

Super Typhoon “Noru”
At least five dead after super typhoon Noru in the Philippines

Typhoon Noru, which swept across the northern Philippines on Monday, claimed some lives, caused flooding and power outages, and forced authorities to suspend classes and government work in the capital and surrounding provinces

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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.

The Philippines are regularly hit by storms. Scientists warn that the storms will become more violent because of global warming – the Philippines are considered one of the countries most affected by climate change in the world. An average of 20 storms sweep across the island nation each year. The strongest typhoon to date, Haiyan, in 2013 killed 7,300 people or reported them missing.


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