Oct 19, 2015

Typhoon Koppu unloads deadly, flooding rain in Philippines in record-breaking season

Philippines
by
Angela Fritz
,
Washington Post
Houses, partially submerged in floods waters caused by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Koppu, are seen in City Camp Lagoon at Baguio city, north of Manila October 19, 2015. Typhoon Koppu swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and flood waters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time. (REUTERS/Harley Palangchao)
Houses, partially submerged in floods waters caused by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Koppu, are seen in City Camp Lagoon at Baguio city, north of Manila October 19, 2015. Typhoon Koppu swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and flood waters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time. (REUTERS/Harley Palangchao)

The island of Luzon in the Philippines is being ravaged by the heavy rain of former-Typhoon Koppu this week, with rainfall totals already approaching 3 feet in just two days. Koppu, which helped set a record for number of intense tropical cyclones in a single year, could end up being one of the Philippines costliest disasters if rainfall forecasts are correct.