Recently, the powerful typhoon ‘Noru’ hit the northern part of the Philippines. With a speed of 185 kilometers per hour, this typhoon is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines, according to analysts. Five workers were killed trying to rescue communities hit by typhoon flooding and power outages, AFP reported.

The typhoon moved across the main island of Luzon on Sunday and Monday. Heavy rains and strong winds also uprooted trees and flooded low-lying communities.

However, no major damage has been reported so far.

The five rescuers were in the municipality of San Miguel in Bulacan province, near the capital Manila, when they died, AFP said.

“The provincial government deployed rescue workers to the flooded area,” San Miguel police chief Lieutenant-Colonel Romualdo Andres said.

Andres also said the rescuers were wading through the floodwaters when a wall next to them collapsed and they were swept away by the current.

The Philippines is regularly hit by devastating storms. As the world warms due to climate change, scientists warn that the frequency of such storms in the Philippines is increasing.

About 75,000 people were evacuated from their homes before the storm hit. Because the weather agency had earlier warned that heavy rains could cause ‘severe flooding’ in vulnerable areas, landslides and crop destruction.

But on Monday morning there was no sign of additional destruction as feared.

“We were prepared for all of this,” President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said in a briefing with disaster agencies. You might think we’re exaggerating. There is no such thing as overkill in a disaster.’

The municipality of Burdios in Polillo Islands, part of Quezon province, was hit by the Noru landslide.

The Philippines ranks among the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change. The country is hit by an average of 20 storms every year

(September 26)