VIDEO Typhoon Koppu Hits Philippines, Kills at Least 16, Displaces 60,000
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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTS5295

VIDEO Typhoon Koppu Hits Philippines, Kills at Least 16, Displaces 60,000

Some 60,000 have been displaced in Philippines by typhoon Koppu that has also killed at least 16 people. Although the typhoon has weakened, authorities warn it may cause heavy floods.

Seven people died when their boat capsized, while a boy was killed after he was hit by a fallen tree in the capital Manila. Authorities in the Philippines fear the death toll may rise as several towns and villages on Luzon Island remain isolated.

More than 60,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying and landslide-prone areas, the country’s national disaster agency said as cited by France 24. Around 267,000 people lost power on Sunday with 2,400 still having no electricity on Monday.

The slow-moving typhoon weakened and was downgraded to “category 1 typhoon” but meteorologists warn that heavy rains will continue to cause floods and landslides.

“I must emphasize that this is just the start. People must remain alert while we try to pick up the pieces in areas already hit,” Alexander Pama, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council told reporters on Sunday as cited by the Manila Times.

“We are strongly recommending forced evacuations in the Cordillera administrative region, especially villages that are landslide- and flood-prone,” he added referring to the region with more than 1.6 million residents.

The United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) launched a $2.8 million appeal to aid children from the Philippines who are suffering from the disaster.

“Children face risks from contaminated water sources, lack of food, epidemics such as cholera, hypothermia, diarrhea and pneumonia,” UNICEF Philippines representative Lotta Sylwander said as cited by Reuters.

Typhoon Koppu formed on October, 10 and hit the Philippines several days later. Its maximum wind speed reached around 200 km/h. The tropical storm is moving rather slowly as it is influenced by another typhoon Champi, which makes it more dangerous because of the longer impact it is having on the affected territories.

The Philippines is one of the most typhoon-prone countries on the planet. The deadly tropical storm Haiyan hit the country in November, 2013, killing about 6,000 and causing massive amounts of damage.

Workers clear the road of fallen trees after strong winds brought by Typhoon Koppu battered 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 - RTS529S
Workers clear the road of fallen trees after strong winds brought by Typhoon Koppu battered 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 – RTS529S
Residents wade along a flooded road amidst a strong current in Sta Rosa, Nueva Ecija in northern Philippines October 19, 2015, after it was hit by Typhoon Koppu. Powerful typhoon Koppu ploughed into the northeastern Philippines before dawn on Sunday destroying homes and displacing 10,000 people and whipping up coastal surges four meters (12 feet) high, disaster agency officials said. There were no reports of casualties after the category four typhoon, with central destructive winds of 175 kph (109 mph), making landfall near the town of Casiguran in the Aurora province. REUTERS/Erik De Castro - RTS514T
Residents wade along a flooded road amidst a strong current in Sta Rosa, Nueva Ecija in northern Philippines October 19, 2015, after it was hit by Typhoon Koppu. Powerful typhoon Koppu ploughed into the northeastern Philippines before dawn on Sunday destroying homes and displacing 10,000 people and whipping up coastal surges four meters (12 feet) high, disaster agency officials said. There were no reports of casualties after the category four typhoon, with central destructive winds of 175 kph (109 mph), making landfall near the town of Casiguran in the Aurora province. REUTERS/Erik De Castro – RTS514T
TOPSHOTS A resident holds onto a rope as he negotiates a flood current along a submerged highway in Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on October 19, 2015, a day after typhoon Koppu hit Aurora province. Residents of flooded farming villages in the Philippines were trapped on their rooftops October 19 and animals floated down fast-rising rivers, as deadly Typhoon Koppu dumped more intense rain. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
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A resident holds onto a rope as he negotiates a flood current along a submerged highway in Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on October 19, 2015, a day after typhoon Koppu hit Aurora province. Residents of flooded farming villages in the Philippines were trapped on their rooftops October 19 and animals floated down fast-rising rivers, as deadly Typhoon Koppu dumped more intense rain. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

VIDEO Typhoon Koppu Hits Philippines, Kills at Least 16, Displaces 60,000

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