Oct 21, 2015

Typhoon Koppu death toll reaches 54 as Philippines battles devastating floods

Philippines
by
The Guardian
A boy wades through a flooded street in Jaen, Nueva Ecija, in northern Philippines: the death toll from Typhoon Koppu has now risen to 54. Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters
A boy wades through a flooded street in Jaen, Nueva Ecija, in northern Philippines: the death toll from Typhoon Koppu has now risen to 54. Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters

The death toll from a ferocious typhoon in the Philippines climbed to 54 on Thursday, as home-wrecking floods shifted downstream to coastal villages, displacing tens of thousands of residents. Inundations from torrential rains in mountain regions caused by Typhoon Koppu cascaded into coastal fishing and farming villages, submerging them in waters up to 3m deep, officials said.