Manila: Ten have been confirmed dead, including two miners, in northern Luzon and eight others in southern Philippines, as Typhoon Soudelor, locally called Hanna, hovered over the Pacific Ocean and rushed towards the northeastern sea, dumping rain that resulted in floods and landslides across the country, senior officials said.
Two miners, Jonas Isang, 24, and Eddie Latigo, 50, were confirmed dead. They were trapped when the ceiling of a mining pit collapsed in Itogon Baguio on Thursday. At the time, Typhoon Soudelor was seen 300 kilometres off Itbayat, Batanes, packing 165km/h winds near the centre and gustiness of up to 200km/h, the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday.
Soudelor, identified as a super-typhoon, did not make landfall on Saturday as it left at 20km/h — to the South China Sea in northwest Philippines. It passed near Calayan and Babuyan group of islands in the north; and Cagayan, in northwest Philippines, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), a government-run weather agency.
Storm surges, strong winds, and torrential rain occurred at the coastal areas of northeast and northwest provinces, PAGASA said, adding that weeks of rain that affected southern and central Philippines, including southern Luzon earlier, was due to southwest monsoon rains and inter-tropical convergence zone.
Eight were killed in Bukidnon province, southern Philippines, where 6,000 families were also displaced in dozens of villages that were flooded as continuous rain inundated the 220,000-hectare Liguasan Delta early last week. The delta, Asia’s largest, straddles provinces in the southern Philippines such as North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Bukidnon, and Sultan Kudarat, said North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Talina-Mendoza.
Another 11,000 families were displaced in remote villages of four towns, Datu Piang, Montawal, Northern Kabuntalan, and Pagalungan in Maguindanao province, one of the five provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman.
Landslides were also reported in a village in Zamboanga del Sur, southern Philippines; and in villages in Iloilo and Antique, central Philippines, said the NDRRMC.
Fishermen nationwide were told not to sail. The order would be good for several days, NDRRMC said.
This year’s eighth cyclone would continue enhancing the southwest monsoon rain — more intense in northern Luzon and Metro Manila, and slightly intense in southern Luzon, central Philippines and southern Philippines over the weekend, PAGASA said.
About 20 typhoons visit the Philippines every year.