Deadly typhoon hits Philippines

Heavy rainfall and strong winds trigger landslides, topple trees in northern islands

Deadly typhoon hits Philippines

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least four people have been killed in the Philippines as a strong typhoon struck the archipelago’s north with heavy rainfall and strong winds Friday.

Two brothers employed as construction workers died in a landslide triggered by Typhoon Goni -- locally named "Ineng" -- in Gambang village, Benguet province, ABS-CBN News reported.

They had reportedly taken shelter in a tent along a roadside along with two colleagues -- who managed to escape -- when rocks and soil came crashing down from the hills at around 4 a.m. (2000GMT).

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense in Ilocos Norte province confirmed that two people -- including a motorist who a tree fell on -- were killed while another went missing, according to GMA News.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services reported that as of Friday afternoon, Typhoon Goni was located 110 kilometers (68 miles) east of Calayan island, with maximum wind speeds of 170 kilometers per hour (106 mph) and gusts of 205 kilometers per hour.

Forecast to move west-northwest, the storm is expected to be in the vicinity of Batanes province’s capital Basco by Saturday morning, before exiting the Philippines’ territory by Monday morning.

The Philippines suffers around 20 typhoons and storms each year, many of them deadly.

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan -- one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded -- struck the country’s central islands, leaving more than 8,000 people dead, missing and injured.

Last Mod: 21 Ağustos 2015, 15:06
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