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Koppu: typhoon devastates northern Philippines

Koppu: typhoon devastates northern Philippines
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Typhoon Koppu is continuing its deadly path across the northern Philippines.

At least 16 people have died, seven of whom perished when a ferry sank. It is feared the death toll will rise, as many are still missing.

More than 60 thousand people have left their homes and sought refuge elsewhere.

Army personnel have been joined by volunteer rescue teams.

Koppu to last “until Wednesday”

The wind has been recorded at gusts of 210 kilometres an hour. Flood water has risen to roof level in many places.

The storm, which has also brought drenching rain, is not due to ease until Wednesday, according to meteorologists.