MANILA A powerful typhoon Noro battered the Philippine island of Luzon with heavy rain and strong winds, killing five people, as it passed through the Southeast Asian country on Monday.
Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando said Monday morning that five rescue workers were swept away by flash floods Sunday afternoon in the town of San Miguel, north of Manila.
Parts of the city are still under muddy water. The National Disaster Management Agency has not yet reported the incident.
The state meteorological agency said late on Sunday afternoon, hours after the storm hit the Nauru Sea. The intensity of the storm had decreased.
Noro maintained its intensity by Monday morning, with sustained northwesterly winds of 30 km/h, packing winds of 140 km/h and gusts of up to 170 km/h, the bureau said. The severity continued. The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Romvaldez Marcos, made an aerial survey of the three typhoon-affected provinces north of Manila on Monday.
He is also expected to visit Quezon province where Noro hit on Sunday afternoon to assess the damage there.
He told a news conference that the entire shipment of aid is ready and ready to be sent. Noro is the 11th and most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.
The Philippines is among the worst hit in the world. One of the main reasons for Hedges being one of the countries is its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and the Pacific Hurricane Belt. The peninsular country experiences an average of 20 typhoons annually, some of which are severe and destructive.