More than 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in the Philippines after Typhoon Koppu struck its shores on Sunday. The typhoon made landfall near the town of Casiguran in Luzon, the nation’s main island. Flood warnings have been sent out, and three days of heavy rain, expected to cross the one-metre mark, have been predicted.
Officials said no casualties have been reported so far, though many houses have been destroyed and power lines and trees have fallen. Several towns have reportedly been cut off by landslides and floods, with wind speeds reaching close to 200km per hour, and 12-foot-high waves crashing along the coast.