1 000s evacuated in Philippines as powerful typhoon nears

2015-05-09 12:09
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Manila - The Philippines evacuated thousands of people in the north-eastern part of its main island of Luzon on Saturday, less than 24 hours before a powerful typhoon was expected to make landfall.

Typhoon Noul, a category 4 storm with winds of 160km/h and gusts of up to 195km/h, was about 210km north-northeast of Catanduanes Island in the central Philippines.

It was expected to hit the rice-producing provinces of Cagayan and Isabela at around 05:00 on Sunday before weakening as it moved across the Sierra Madre mountains and into north-eastern Luzon.

The weather bureau raised storm alerts in 19 areas on Luzon, warning that strong winds and intense rain could produce a 2.5m-high storm surge along the coast areas and landslides in mountainous areas.

Raben Dimaano, a disaster official in Sorsogon province, said more than 11 000 people were moved to temporary shelters in two towns around Mount Bulusan, a volcano which erupted twice this week, because of the danger of mud flows.

Alexander Pama, head of national disaster risk reduction and management council, said Noul's intense rainfall within a 300km diameter area could topple power lines, uproot trees, blow roofs off thatched houses and damage crops like rice and corn in the region.

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