Date
30 May 2017
Bus passengers read a cancellation notice at a terminal in Manila. Land and air transport to northern Luzon were suspended Sunday due to typhoon Noul. Photo: Reuters
Bus passengers read a cancellation notice at a terminal in Manila. Land and air transport to northern Luzon were suspended Sunday due to typhoon Noul. Photo: Reuters

Landslide, flood warnings up as typhoon hits Philippines

Philippine officials are warning of landslides and telling people to move to safer grounds after typhoon Noul smashed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines on Sunday.

The category five storm packed winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour near the center, with gusts of up to 220 kph.

It made landfall in the rice-producing province of Cagayan about 400 km. north of the capital Manila, Reuters reported Monday, citing the weather bureau.

Power was cut in Tuguegarao City, capital of the province of around a million inhabitants. The typhoon is expected to move northwest at 17 kph and head towards southern Japan on Tuesday.

“We strongly advise pre-emptive evacuation while we still have time. We expect there will be a confluence of events — a high tide, heavy rainfall in the mountains, the possibility of a storm surge and strong winds,” Alexander Pama, head of the national disaster agency, told a news briefing before the typhoon hit land.

The typhoon was expected to trigger landslides and flash floods in parts of the Cagayan Valley. Heavy to intense rainfall was likely within the typhoon’s 100 km. radius.

More than 5,000 passengers and about 100 vessels were stranded in ports on Saturday, mostly along the eastern seaboard.

Cebu Pacific airline cancelled at least six domestic flights to the northern Philippines.

Officials in northern Philippine provinces have alerted rescue units and positioned relief goods. The government readied trucks to ferry people away from low-lying and flood-prone areas.

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