The Philippines has begun cleaning up after Typhoon Noru blasted over the country’s north, killing five rescuers and causing floods and power outages but leaving the capital mostly untouched. Noru was the strong typhoon to hit the Southeast Asian nation this year, with sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (115 miles per hour). The storm slammed the shore in Burdeos, Quezon province, around midnight on Sunday and weakened as it traveled into the main Luzon area overnight, prompting officials to close schools, government offices, and the stock exchange.
Thousands of people have been relocated to emergency shelters, according to officials. Governor Daniel Fernando of Bulacan province, north of Manila, said five rescuers were hit by a collapsing wall and perished in the raging waves while using a boat to save citizens caught in floodwaters. According to officials, more than 17,000 people were relocated to emergency shelters from high-risk villages prone to tidal surges, floods, and landslides in Quezon alone. More than 3,000 individuals were transported to safety in Metro Manila.
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