Koppu toll rises to 58 as storm leaves Philippines


Manila (dpa) – The death toll in a powerful storm that battered the northern Philippines rose to 58, with nearly half a million people displaced, disaster relief officials said Wednesday.

Most of the fatalities were either drowned in floods, buried in landslides, or hit by trees or walls brought down by typhoon Koppu.

Koppu has weakened into a low pressure area since it slammed into the country’s north-eastern coast on Sunday, and was blowing out of the Philippines.

The weather bureau lifted all storm warning signals.

The national disaster relief agency reported 35 people dead, while an additional 23 fatalities were reported by regional civil defence offices in the northern Philippines.

Koppu, which flooded rice-growing provinces, caused damage to agriculture and infrastructure worth at least 6.91 billion pesos (150.21 million dollars), the agency said.