Tropical Storm "Kompasu" — known as Maring in the Philippines — dropped heavy rains on the country's most populous island of Luzon over the past 2 days, leaving at least 9 people dead and 11 others missing. Kompasu is the 18th named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season.
The national disaster agency said it was verifying information from its regional units that reported 4 people killed in landslides in northern Benguet province and 5 killed in flash floods in Palawan, an island province in the country's southwest.
Meanwhile, search and rescue operations are still in progreess for 11 people missing, mostly due to landslies.1
"Eleven municipalities were flooded but the floods subsided this morning," Cagayan provincial information officer Rogelio Sending told AFP.2
Major highways and bridges were flooded, Sending said, adding that the water was retreating Tuesday, October 12.
At 06:00 UTC on October 12, the center of Tropical Storm "Kompasu" was located about 511 km (318 miles) southeast of Hong Kong.
The storm had maximum 1- and 10-minute sustained winds of 100 km/h (65 mph), with gusts up to 150 km/h (90 mph). The minimum central barometric pressure was 975 hPa, and the system was moving west at 26 km/h (16 mph).
Kompasu is expected to reach China's Hainan around 12:00 UTC on October 13 and move over it with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h (50 mph).
After hitting China, forecast track takes Kompasu toward northern Vietnam where landfall is expected early October 15 (UTC) with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph).
1 Cyclone Kompasu strikes Philippines, kills 9 – Reuters
2 Nine dead in Philippines storm – AFP
Featured image: Tropical Storm "Kompasu" on October 11, 2021. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW
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