Northern Philippines warns of more floods as storm weakens


Manila (dpa) – Philippine disaster relief authorities on Tuesday warned of more floods from a powerful storm which was lingering over the country’s northern region.

“More floods can be expected as Koppu continues to bring rains over the mountainous areas in the north,” said Romina Marasigan, a spokeswoman for the disaster relief agency.

“Water from the mountains will cause floods in the plains to rise,” she added.

At least 12 people were killed in accidents caused by the Koppu weather system, which made landfall as a typhoon on Sunday but had weakened to a tropical storm, according to the national disaster relief agency.

Local and regional sources put the total number of dead at 22, including seven who died in a boating accident in rough seas several hundred kilometres south of where the storm made landfall.

A number of the country’s rice-producing provinces in the northern region of Luzon have been submerged in floods that reached up to rooftops of houses in some areas after several rivers overflowed and dams had to release water.

More than 290,000 people were affected by Koppu, which Tuesday had sustained winds of 85 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 100 kph.