Typhoon cleanup ongoing in Philippines

Typhoon Nari was expected to hit central Vietnam
on late October 15

According to AFP, a major clean-up operation was under way in the Philippines after Typhoon Nari pounded the north end of the archipelago, leaving 13 dead and affecting 200,000 people.

Nari flooded farmland and destroyed thousands of houses in provinces north of Manila before blowing away in the East Sea.

More than 43,000 people are displaced, some living with host families and others in evacuation centres. More than 16,500 homes have been damaged.

Bulacan province suffered extensive damage from flooding, with several villages still submerged and many rice and vegetable farms damaged or destroyed.

Eduardo del Rosario, who Heads the Government’s Disaster Response Agency, said police officers, military personnel and local officials would remain on alert after forecasters spotted another typhoon, named Wipha, more than 1,300 km east of the northern Philippines.

Typhoon Nari, the 19th storm to hit the country, tore into the country’s northeast coast early last Saturday and cut a westward path through the farming regions of Luzon.

Nari was moving to the East Sea at about 15kmh and was expected to hit central Vietnam on late October 15./.