The Philippines suffered pounding rain and winds Saturday, as typhoon Goni lashed out on the northern part of the country, causing landslides and flooding low-lying villages, killing at least 10 people, with several missing and 5,000 people forced to evacuate their homes.
Winds were at 170 kph, with gusts of up to 205 kph. Typhoon Goni was estimated to be 100 km east of Cagayan province in the northern Philippine and was moving slowly at 7 kph west-northwest towards southern Japan, Reuters reported.
Flights and ferry trips were cancelled, and classes in affected towns were also suspended.
Two men were swept by rampaging rivers in the northern provinces of La Union and Ilocos Norte and remained missing, officials said, according to The Huffington Post.
Goni, given the local name “Ineng,” is expected to leave Philippines on Sunday, head towards the east coast of Taiwan, and eventually to Okinawa, Japan.
People from the Philippines are not new to deadly typhoons. In 2014, one of the strongest typhoons to hit the region, typhoon Haiyan, left over 7,300 people dead or missing.
Typhoon Goni, which is Korean for “Swan,” is the ninth typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, out of the average 20 typhoons that hit the country every year, The Inquisitr reported.