(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Two people were killed in landslides and floods caused
by tropical storm Bailu in the northern Philippines, local
authorities said on Saturday.
A 17-year-old girl was killed when a landslide buried a house in
Pasuquin town in Ilocos Norte province, while a 37-year-old man was
swept away by floods in nearby Laoag City, the provincial disaster
risk management office said.
Two children - aged 9 and 11 - were also injured in a separate
landslide in Pasuquin, the office said.
More than 8,200 residents were affected by the floods and landslides,
Bailu was packing maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometres per hour
(km/h) and gusts of up to 125 km/h as it crossed over the northern
Philippines to Taiwan, where it made landfall on Saturday.
It has dumped heavy rains over northern provinces and metropolitan
Manila over the past two days, triggering floods and causing
suspension of school classes in some areas.
Each year the Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones,
causing floods, landslides and other accidents.
One of the strongest in recent memory, Typhoon Haiyan, hit the
country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people and
displacing more than 4 million.
Bailu made landfall in southern Taiwan on Saturday before heading for
China's south-eastern coast.
At least six people in the eastern and central parts of the island
were injured in weather-related accidents, according to the Central
Emergency Operation Centre (CEOC).
Meanwhile, 14 tourists trapped by landslides in mountainous areas in
eastern Hualien County were rescued on Saturday, CEOC said.
The passage of Bailu damaged power poles in southern and eastern
parts of Taiwan, once leaving more than 95,000 households without
electricity on Saturday.