Asia

One dead as Typhoon Utor hits Philippines

  • 12 August 2013
  • From the section Asia

A powerful typhoon has hit the northern Philippines, leaving at least one person dead, officials say.

A number of fishermen were also reported missing due to Typhoon Utor, the national disaster agency said.

The storm made landfall in the north of the main island of Luzon early on Monday, bringing winds of up to 150km/h (93 mph) and torrential rain.

Power lines were brought down in some places and ferries suspended, stranding thousands of passengers.

The typhoon "has accelerated and intensified slightly" as it moves towards the sea, the national disaster agency said on its website.

It is then expected to move across the South China Sea towards southern China.

Heavy rain hit the capital, Manila, where some schools were closed, but there were no reports of major flooding.

A number of domestic flights were also cancelled.

A group of fishermen who went missing from Catanduanes, an island province off Luzon's east coast, had returned safely as of 13:00 local time (05:00 GMT), the national disaster agency said in an earlier statement.

But at least 13 other fishermen from two other provinces remained missing, officials said in their latest update.