Storm Kompasu leaves trail of death in Philippines | News | DW

The Philippines national disaster agency said on Thursday that at the minimum 30 people died in recent days due to the harsh Tropical Storm Kompasu.

Since last weekend, the weather system has battered the northern Philippines, dumping a month’s worth of rain in just two days.

How badly was Kompasu hit?

Kompasu wreaked the most havoc in provinces on the northern island of Luzon — the country’s most populous.

Ilocos Sur reported 14 deaths, followed by the provinces of Benguet and Palawan. 

Most of the fatalities were caused by being retained in landslides or swept away by flash floods, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

at the minimum nine people are also missing.

The storm caused more than a billion Philippine pesos (almost $20 million, more than €17 million) worth of damage to the farming sector.

Official figures show it affected some 200,000 people, and nearly 15,000 keep evacuated from their homes.

‘New normal’ of climate change

NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying climate change had made cyclones increasingly deadly.

The large amount of rain in such a short space of time meant many homes had to be evacuated

The warmer the air is, the more water it will keep up, increasing the risk and intensity of flooding.

“This continues to present a challenge to our disaster management system — we always have to step up our preparations in view of the worst-case scenario for every natural danger,” Timbal said.

“It’s a new normal caused by climate change.”

Where’s the storm now?

Tropical Storm Kompasu, named after the Japanese information for compass and known in the Philippines as “Maring,” crossed the northern tip of the island of Luzon on Monday night.

It is now outside Philippine territory, west of China’s Hainan province and heading north to Vietnam.

An average of about 20 tropical cyclones hit the archipelago nation every year.

In recent memory, the worst to hit was Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, which killed more than 6,300 people and displaced more than 4 million.

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