Philippines – Rain From Typhoon ‘Nakri’ Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides

Heavy rain in the Philippines brought by Typhoon ‘Nakri’ (known locally as ‘Quiel’) has caused flooding and landslides on Luzon Island.

Typhoon Nakri (known locally as ‘Quiel’) over the Philippines, November 2019. Image: NASA

Former Tropical Storm Nakri strengthened into a Typhoon in the South China Sea on 08 November, 2019, bringing strong winds, high waves and heavy rain to parts of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The provinces of Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte in the north east of the island were all affected, with Cagayan the worst hit.

The country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (NDRRMC) said that at least 6 people have died as a result, with almost 85,000 people affected across 220 barangays (villages). Around 5,720 people have moved to evacuation shelters. Around 7 houses, 56 roads and 10 bridges were also damaged, according to NDRRMC.

Forecasts showed Nakri is heading towards east Vietnam where the storm is expected to bring heavy rains in central areas that may trigger flooding along rivers and low-lying floodplains, as well as landslides in mountainous areas.