Typhoon Maysak melts away

2015-04-05 08:16
This image provided by the US Navy Research Lab shows Typhoon Maysak reaching the coastline of the  Philippines. (AP)

This image provided by the US Navy Research Lab shows Typhoon Maysak reaching the coastline of the Philippines. (AP)

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Baler - A super typhoon dissolved into a tropical depression and made landfall in the Philippines on Sunday, forecasters said, easing fears after thousands of residents fled remote coastal villages to avoid potential giant waves.

Maysak, which began as a Super Typhoon in the Pacific Ocean, reached the northeast coast of the main island of Luzon with winds of 55km/h, chief state weather forecaster Esperanza Cayanan said.

"Most of our fears have melted away," she told a news conference shortly after the depression reached Dinapigue, a remote town on Luzon's northeast coast, about 250km from Manila.

The government had evacuated more than 25 000 people from coastal villages in the region, while police drove away thousands of tourists from beaches on nearby Aurora province as a precaution against potential tsunami-like waves known as storm surges.

The tourists, many of whom had come from Manila and nearby areas to enjoy the long Easter holidays in the mainly Catholic nation, breathed a sigh of relief and dived back into the still choppy waters on Easter Sunday.

More than 500 boats were also ordered to remain at port in the region, while 10 domestic flights suspended. The authorities were expected to lift the restrictions later on Sunday.

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