Typhoon Noru struck the shores of the Philippines on Sunday evening, local time. The phenomenon brought with it gusty winds and heavy rainfall which caused flooding and knocked down trees and power lines. Almost 8,400 people were evacuated from the path of the element.
As reported by the Philippine weather agency PAGASA, typhoon Noru slightly weakened before it hit the land, but still poses a serious threat to the inhabitants of the island of Luzon, which also includes the country’s capital, Manila. The phenomenon brought with it a wind speed of 175 km / h, with gusts reaching even 290 km / h.
Canceled lessons and government offices suspended
Due to the force of the element, President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos announced the suspension of government offices and schools on Monday. Air, water and bus traffic on the island was stopped. In addition, nearly 8,400 people were initially evacuated from the typhoon road.
“Power poles toppled and lightweight homes near the coastlines were damaged,” said Nelson Egargue, a natural disaster specialist in Aurora, through which the typhoon passed. According to local media, low-lying areas were flooded by heavy rain.
“The wind is calmer now, but we still have no access to electricity,” said Eliseo Ruzol, mayor of the coastal town of General Nakar, where the typhoon struck the land.
The eye of the cyclone can go about 40-50 kilometers from the capital, which is “almost a direct blow,” stressed the head of the Philippine weather agency Vicente Malano, quoted by the AP agency.
After passing through the Philippines, the typhoon is to head towards Vietnam.
Lying on the archipelago, more than 7.6 thousand. Philippines are hit by an average of 20 islands each year storms tropical and typhoons. In December 2021, about 400 people died in the Philippines due to the impact of typhoon Rai, the BBC station reminds.
PAP, Reuters, tvnmeteo.pl
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