2 dead as tropical storm Bailu hits northern Philippines

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-25 00:51:48|Editor: ZX
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MANILA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- At least two people died and two others were injured after severe tropical storm Bailu barrelled through parts of the Philippine main Luzon island on Saturday, local disaster officials said.

The provincial Office of Civil Defense in Ilocos Norte said a 17-year-old girl died when her family's house in Pasuquin town collapsed after it was hit by a landslide shortly after 3 a.m. local time on Saturday. Two other children, aged 11 and nine, in another village also in Pasuquin town were injured also in a landslide.

A news report said that a 37-year-old man in Laoag City died in floodwaters that also hit the northern Philippine city.

Ilocos Norte was battered by heavy rains for days, causing widespread damage in the province. A number of cows died after they were swept away by floodwaters along with some heavy equipment.

Severe tropical storm Bailu exited the Philippines on Saturday night, according to the state weather bureau. However, the bureau said "occasional gusty conditions will still prevail over most of Luzon due to the Southwest Monsoon."

The bureau said moderate to heavy rains will continue to affect the Ilocos region and nearby provinces.

Landslides and flash floods are common across the Philippines during rainy season, especially when typhoon hits.

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world mainly due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and Pacific typhoon belt.

On average, this archipelagic country experiences 20 typhoons every year, some of which are intense and truly devastating.