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According to the Philippine Atmospheric, which is the Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, a category 4 typhoon, named Koppu, is expected to hit the island on Oct. 18, 2015. As a result, the slow-moving Typhoon Koppu has forced evacuations along coastal areas in the northeastern parts of the main island of Luzon, Philippines. Thus far, thousands of people have been evacuated and all flights have been grounded as the island nation braces for torrential rain, raging winds, and devastating floods.
The typhoon is expected to land northeast of Balerin, which is in the Aurora province, on Sunday and high wind speeds of 175 kilometers per hour are expected. If current wind patterns hold, it is expected to move west creating a trail of destruction. Disaster management authorities have also warned of landslides, mudslides, and storm surges of between two and three meters. All people living in the coastal and low-lying areas in Luzon have been evacuated to higher ground as the natural disaster approaches.
Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told reporters at a press briefing, “We are now forcing the people to evacuate in coastal areas and river banks to minimize loss of life.” He went on to warn those in the fishing industry to expect large sea waves that can lead to boats and ships capsizing. Moreover, high winds are expected to cause serious structural damage to buildings. The video below shows Typhoon Koppu as it approaches the capital city Manila, Philippines.
By Shepherd Mutsvara
Edited by Leigh Haugh
Reuters: Phillipian Authorities Evacuate Coastal Areas Ahead of Typhoon Koppu
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