Typhoon Lando kills at least 16, strands thousands

SANTA ROSA, Philippines – Residents of flooded farming villages in the Philippines were trapped on their rooftops on Monday, October 19 and animals floated down fast-rising rivers, as the death toll from Typhoon Lando (Koppu) climbed to 16.

Koppu, the second strongest storm to hit the disaster-plagued Southeast Asian archipelago this year, had also forced more than 60,000 people from their homes, authorities said.

After making landfall on Sunday morning on the east coast of Luzon, the Philippines’ biggest island, the slow-moving typhoon brought heavy rain to some of the nation’s most important farming areas.

As of 5 pm on Monday, the typhoon has weakened into a severe tropical storm.

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Source News: Rappler.com
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