Thousands flee as Typhoon Koppu barrels in

Thousands flee as Typhoon Koppu barrels in

Thousands flee as Typhoon Koppu barrels in

Written by Staff Writer

18 Oct, 2015 | 4:29 pm

Thousands of residents of the northern Philippines were forced to flee on Sunday as Typhoon Koppu began its multiday battering of the region.

Regional authorities said that at least eight people have been reported missing and rescue operations are underway in the rice-farming province of Nueva Ecija where rivers burst their banks and flooded several villages.

Homes have been flattened, power lines toppled, and thousands of people have fled their homes as Typhoon Koppu swept into the northern Philippines.

Koppu brought winds of close to 200km/h (124mph) and whipped up coastal surges 4m (12ft) high.

Three days of torrential rain has been predicted, triggering major flooding and possibly landslides.

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