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Typhoon Koppu (Lando) Update: Slows Down; 2 Dead, 20,000 Displaced in Philippines

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Typhoon Koppu, which hit the Philippines, on weekend was reported to have caused widespread devastation in Northern and Central provinces of the country.

Typhoon Koppu, Philippine local name “Lando”, made landfall near Casiguran, Aurora in the island of Luzon on Sunday morning. After slamming the area, it was reported to have slowed down and weakened.

The super typhoon left several areas flooded, trees toppled, and debris from houses were found on the surroundings. There were also landslides and power outage/interruptions reported in the affected areas. Nine provinces are reported to have no electricity.

According to the latest report in local news website, Interaksyon, two people were found dead while over 20,000 have been displaced.

The two casualties included a teenager from Quezon City and a man from Subic, Zambales. The teenager “died due to eviscerated wound caused by toppled tree” while the man from Subic had died due to head injuries when a wall collapsed on him.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council notes that 4,892 families or 20,492 people have been affected in Luzon. In that number, some 1,830 families or 6,776 people are in evacuation centers.

About 1 million pesos worth of relief goods have been provided for those affected by the typhoon.

A Science editor from BBC notes how the Philippines has improved its public warning systems since Typhoon Haiyan. The super typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013 which caused the deaths of thousands of people.

Chris Fawkes from the BBC Weather Centre says there are currently two typhoons in the West Pacific, Typhoon Champi is just at the east of Typhoon Koppu. The interaction between the two typhoons is causing to “build a ridge of high pressure” over Taiwan and is trapping Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines.

As the typhoon is slow-moving, it is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility this coming weekend.

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