29 Aug 2011

Eight killed in Philippines typhoon

2:06 pm on 29 August 2011

A typhoon has killed at least eight people in the Philippines and is now heading towards Taiwan.

Typhoon Nanmadol carrying fierce winds of to 230 km/h and heavy rain, caused floods and landslides, with 20 major roads blocked and several bridges collapsing, a civil defence official in the Philippines said.

Among the dead were two children killed when a rubbish tip wall collapsed in the northern mountain city of Baguio.

A weakened storm, still packing gusts of 137 km/h, made landfall in eastern Taiwan on Monday.

Authorities there have evacuated 2,500 villagers from eastern and southern regions. Schools and offices have been closed, flights cancelled and public transport disrupted.