Tropical cyclone Kompasu, also known in the Philippines as Typhoon Maring, killed at least nine people in Philippines and 11 were missing on Tuesday. Four people from them, including children, were killed in landslides in northern Benguet province and five in flash floods in Palawan, an island province in the country’s southwest. Nearly 1,600 people were evacuated. Authorities were conducting search and rescue operations. President Rodrigo Duterte was monitoring the government’s disaster response. Kompasu was the 13th tropical storm to enter the Philippines this year. It drenched swathes of the most populous island of Luzon on Monday as it swept across the archipelago nation towards the South China Sea. Fallen rocks, uprooted trees and loosened soil blocked a main highway going up to Baguio, the mountain resort city in Benguet.
Muddy floodwaters reached the second floor of houses in some areas. Kompasu was packing maximum sustained winds of 100km/h and gusts of up to 125km/h. “Support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection are likewise mobilised and deployed,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. The storm was on Tuesday headed towards Hong Kong.