Manila, Typhoon Yutu, which hit the northern

Philippines today, forced thousands of people to flee their homes amid

warnings from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains.

The weather office said that it reached land with winds of up to

140 km/h and 230 km/h. It expected the typhoon to move westward at

25 km/h as it crossed into the Luzon area.

More than 5,000 people were forced to evacuate coastal

communities in Isabella, Cagayan and Aurora provinces, where winds

have knocked down rooftops in Santiago, Isabella provinces.

Thousands of passengers were stranded at ports in southern

Manila after sea journeys were suspended due to sea disturbance.

Several flights to and from the northern Philippines were also

canceled. Schools and businesses suspended in government offices in

affected provinces.

The Meteorological Office predicted that the typhoon would

move away from the Philippines by Wednesday night and that the

weather would improve by next Thursday.

The Philippines is exposed annually to an average of 20

typhoons causing floods, landslides and other accidents. Typhoon

Haiyan is one of the most powerful typhoons in modern memory that

struck the Philippines in November 2013, killing more than 6,300

people and displacing more than 4 million others.

Source: Oman News Agency