(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Super typhoon Noru slammed Luzon island in the Philippines with
heavy rainfall and winds since Sunday afternoon, leaving five
people dead, as it blew away from the Southeast Asian country on
Monday, Trend reports citing Xinhua .
Bulacan province Governor Daniel Fernando said Monday morning
that a flash flood washed away five rescuers who were conducting
rescue operations in San Miguel town, north of Manila. Some parts
of the town are still under muddy water.
The national disaster agency has yet to report the incident.
The state weather agency downgraded Noru to a typhoon hours
after its landfall late Sunday afternoon. The bureau said Noru
maintained its strength on Monday morning, moving west northward at
30 km per hour, packing 140 km per hour winds and gusts of up to
170 km per hour.
On Monday, Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos
conducted an aerial inspection of three provinces north of Manila
hit by the cyclone. He is also expected to visit Quezon province,
where Noru made landfall on Sunday afternoon, to check on the
'The whole range of assistance is prepared and ready to go,' he
told a news conference.
Noru is the 11th and the most powerful cyclone to enter the
Philippines this year.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries
globally, mainly due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire
and Pacific typhoon belt. On average, the archipelagic country
experiences 20 typhoons yearly, some of which are intense and
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