10,000 Homeless as Typhoon Hits Philippines

Homes have been flattened, power lines toppled, and over 10,000 people have fled their homes as Typhoon Koppu swept into the northern Philippines.

The huge, slow-moving typhoon made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island of Luzon on Sunday morning.

Koppu brought winds of close to 200km/h (124mph) and whipped up coastal surges 4m (12ft) high.

Three days of torrential rain has been predicted, triggering major flooding and possibly landslides.

Alexander Pama, head of the government’s main disaster agency, said 10,000 people had been displaced in north-eastern Luzon but no casualties had been reported so far.

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