Le typhon Koppu déverse des torrents d'eau sur les Philippines

Pour la deuxième journée consécutive, le typhon Koppu se déchaîne sur le nord des Philippines. On déplore au moins deux morts et des milliers de personnes ont dû fuir leur logement.
19 oct. 2015, 07:47
/ Màj. le 20 oct. 2015 à 10:39
L'eau est trop profonde pour les camions militaires, alors les secouristes tentent de parvenir jusqu'à aux personnes piégées par les inondations à bord de canots pneumatiques.

Des Philippins pris au piège sur les toits de leurs maisons inondées à cause du typhon Koppu attendaient lundi d'être secourus. Le cyclone se déchaînait sur le nord de l'archipel pour la deuxième journée consécutive. Il a déjà fait 16 morts.

Le typhon a touché terre dimanche sur la côte orientale de Luzon, l'île principale des Philippines. Il a fait au moins 16 morts et contraint plus de 60'000 personnes à fuir leur logement, ont déclaré les autorités. Parmi les victimes figurent sept personnes tuées dans le naufrage d'un ferry.

Les autorités s'attendent à ce que ce bilan s'alourdisse à mesure que leur parviendront les informations sur la situation dans les villages reculés.

La tempête, deuxième typhon le plus puissant à frapper l'archipel cette année, se déplace très lentement vers le nord. Bien qu'il se soit affaibli, Koppu a déversé des pluies torrentielles sur trois chaînes de montagne et le ruissellement a inondé les vastes plaines rizicoles au nord de Manille.

Rafales moins puissantes

Des secouristes de l'armée, du gouvernement et des volontaires équipés de canots pneumatiques tentaient de venir en aide aux habitants de dizaines de villages inondés, a déclaré Nigel Lontoc, directeur adjoint de la sécurité civile régionale. "Les eaux montent vite et il y a des gens sur les toits", a-t-il dit. Des milliers d'habitants sont probablement pris au piège dans ces villages.

Des milliers de personnes avaient trouvé refuge dans des centres d'évacuation temporaire, selon l'agence gouvernementale de gestion des catastrophes. Quelque 19'000 habitants s'y trouvaient encore lundi.

Koppu était initialement accompagné de vents soufflant en rafales de 210 km/h. Lundi, il se trouvait au-dessus de la localité septentrionale de Bantay et les rafales avaient diminué à 150 km/h. La tempête devrait passer sur la chaîne des Cordillères avant de quitter Luzon mercredi.

epa04982055 Filipinos wade through floodwater in San Jose city, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while more than 14,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to 3 metres.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa04982055 Filipinos wade through floodwater in San Jose city, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while more than 14,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to 3 metres. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa04980588 Filipinos on a makeshift boat paddle on the swelling river in Paranaque city, south of  Manila, Philippines, 17 October 2015. Philippine authorities have prepared evacuation plans, and deployed emergency teams and relief supplies as Typhoon Koppu heads towards the country's north-eastern coast. Koppu gained intensity and slowed down as it approached the northern province of Aurora, where it was expected to make landfall on 18 October morning, the weather bureau said. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 195 kph, while moving westward at 10 kph. The typhoon was expected to bring heavy to intense rain within a 600-kilometre radius from its centre, the weather bureau warned.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa04980588 Filipinos on a makeshift boat paddle on the swelling river in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, 17 October 2015. Philippine authorities have prepared evacuation plans, and deployed emergency teams and relief supplies as Typhoon Koppu heads towards the country's north-eastern coast. Koppu gained intensity and slowed down as it approached the northern province of Aurora, where it was expected to make landfall on 18 October morning, the weather bureau said. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 195 kph, while moving westward at 10 kph. The typhoon was expected to bring heavy to intense rain within a 600-kilometre radius from its centre, the weather bureau warned. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epaselect epa04981894 A Filipino rides his bicycle as a shipping barge floats nearby at Manila Bay, in Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while nearly 10,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to three metres.  EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO
epaselect epa04981894 A Filipino rides his bicycle as a shipping barge floats nearby at Manila Bay, in Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while nearly 10,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to three metres. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO ©KEYSTONE
epa04982062 A damaged gasoline station in the town of Munoz, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while more than 14,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to 3 metres.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa04982062 A damaged gasoline station in the town of Munoz, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while more than 14,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to 3 metres. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa04982072 Filipinos frolic on floodwater in San Jose city, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while more than 14,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to 3 metres.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa04982072 Filipinos frolic on floodwater in San Jose city, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while more than 14,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to 3 metres. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa04982056 Filipinos stane inside a flooded home in San Jose city, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while more than 14,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to 3 metres.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa04982056 Filipinos stane inside a flooded home in San Jose city, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while more than 14,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to 3 metres. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
Residents huddle together under their umbrellas as strong winds and slight rain are brought by Typhoon Koppu Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The slow-moving typhoon blew ashore with fierce wind in the northeastern Philippines early Sunday, toppling trees and knocking out power and communications. Officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Residents huddle together under their umbrellas as strong winds and slight rain are brought by Typhoon Koppu Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The slow-moving typhoon blew ashore with fierce wind in the northeastern Philippines early Sunday, toppling trees and knocking out power and communications. Officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) ©KEYSTONE
epa04981886 A Filipino rides a bicycle at Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while nearly 10,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to three metres.  EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO
epa04981886 A Filipino rides a bicycle at Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines, 18 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu slammed into the northern Philippines forcing thousands of people to flee their homes amid heavy rains and strong winds that could last up to three days, the disaster relief agency said. Koppu toppled trees and ripped off rooftops, while nearly 10,000 people evacuated their homes amid warnings of flash floods and storm surges up to three metres. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO ©KEYSTONE
epa04983562 Filipino children play on a fishing boat at a slum area as school classes are suspended due to Typhoon Koppu, in Manila, Philippines, 19 October 2015. Two people drowned in the province of Nueva Ecija, according to Governor Aurelio Umali, while one person was electrocuted in Tarlac province and a 14-year-old boy was hit by a falling tree in Manila, disaster relief officials said. The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones every year, causing floods, landslides and other accidents. The strongest typhoon - Haiyan - hit the country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people. Haiyan also displaced more than four million people after it wiped out entire villages in the central Philippines.  EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO
epa04983562 Filipino children play on a fishing boat at a slum area as school classes are suspended due to Typhoon Koppu, in Manila, Philippines, 19 October 2015. Two people drowned in the province of Nueva Ecija, according to Governor Aurelio Umali, while one person was electrocuted in Tarlac province and a 14-year-old boy was hit by a falling tree in Manila, disaster relief officials said. The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones every year, causing floods, landslides and other accidents. The strongest typhoon - Haiyan - hit the country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people. Haiyan also displaced more than four million people after it wiped out entire villages in the central Philippines. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO ©KEYSTONE
epa04983517 A Filipino typhoon victim wades through a flooded street in Cabanatuan city, northern Manila, Philippines, 19 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu triggered flash floods and landslides in the northern Philippines killing at least four people and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said. Two people drowned in the province of Nueva Ecija, according to Governor Aurelio Umali, while one person was electrocuted in Tarlac province and a 14-year-old boy was hit by a falling tree in Manila, disaster relief officials said. The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones every year, causing floods, landslides and other accidents. The strongest typhoon - Haiyan - hit the country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people. Haiyan also displaced more than four million people after it wiped out entire villages in the central Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa04983517 A Filipino typhoon victim wades through a flooded street in Cabanatuan city, northern Manila, Philippines, 19 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu triggered flash floods and landslides in the northern Philippines killing at least four people and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said. Two people drowned in the province of Nueva Ecija, according to Governor Aurelio Umali, while one person was electrocuted in Tarlac province and a 14-year-old boy was hit by a falling tree in Manila, disaster relief officials said. The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones every year, causing floods, landslides and other accidents. The strongest typhoon - Haiyan - hit the country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people. Haiyan also displaced more than four million people after it wiped out entire villages in the central Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE
epa04983511 Filipino typhoon victims ride on a makeshift raft at a flooded street in Cabanatuan city, northern Manila, Philippines, 19 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu triggered flash floods and landslides in the northern Philippines killing at least four people and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said. Two people drowned in the province of Nueva Ecija, according to Governor Aurelio Umali, while one person was electrocuted in Tarlac province and a 14-year-old boy was hit by a falling tree in Manila, disaster relief officials said. The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones every year, causing floods, landslides and other accidents. The strongest typhoon - Haiyan - hit the country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people. Haiyan also displaced more than four million people after it wiped out entire villages in the central Philippines.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
epa04983511 Filipino typhoon victims ride on a makeshift raft at a flooded street in Cabanatuan city, northern Manila, Philippines, 19 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu triggered flash floods and landslides in the northern Philippines killing at least four people and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said. Two people drowned in the province of Nueva Ecija, according to Governor Aurelio Umali, while one person was electrocuted in Tarlac province and a 14-year-old boy was hit by a falling tree in Manila, disaster relief officials said. The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones every year, causing floods, landslides and other accidents. The strongest typhoon - Haiyan - hit the country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people. Haiyan also displaced more than four million people after it wiped out entire villages in the central Philippines. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ©KEYSTONE