Typhoon Lando (Typhoon Koppu as it is internationally known) is the second most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2015, according to weather scientists. Pouring rains and winds blowing by up to 210km/h were recorded while Philippines National Disaster and Rescue authority recorded 68 areas hit by flooding.
The typhoon reached the Philippines over the week end and flooded large parts of Northern and Central Luzon Island. It however did not reach Manila. On Monday, the typhoon had weakened overnight as it slowly crossed the Cordilleras acccording to state weather bureau PAGASA. While weakened, it is expected to continue to bring heavy rain at least until Wednesday, disrupting travel to Northern Philippines. The weather should be back to normal by the end of the week.
Some 60,000 people have been forced to leave their home and 16 people have died so far during the storm. Authorities expect however that the death toll will continue to rise as full accounts from badly hit villages were gathered.
Authorities warn of further flooding, falling debris and landslides.
Electricity and communications were cut in some parts of Northern Luzon. Many roads are now blocked due to toppled trees. The Department of Public Works and Highways closed consequently 29 roads to traffic, particularly in the Cordillera region. Tourist attractions such as UNESCO famed Ifugao rice terraces as well as the historical city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur are for the time being not accessible for visitors. On Tuesday morning, flights from Manila to Laoag, Northern Philippines’ largest airport, were cancelled.