Fung-Wong storm — 200,000 displaced in Philippines

MANILA – Tropical storm Fung-Wong has brought flooding, heavy rains and high winds to the Philippines, forcing some 200,000 people from their homes.

Five people were also killed in the storm, two of them electrocuted while wading through flood waters, an emergency official said.

Manila and the northern provinces were worst hit, with residents being rescued from the roofs of flooded homes.

The storm was heading north, and was expected to hit Taiwan yesterday.

About 50,000 troops have been placed on standby on the island for potential rescue and relief operations.

Children were seen taking to the flooded streets to play on Friday

The floodwaters began to subside in parts of the Philippines yesterday, allowing displaced residents to return home and begin clearing up.

Fung-Wong had struck the archipelago with winds of 95kph (59mph) and gusts of 120kph, gathering strength as it moved north. Three weeks’ worth of rain is reported to have fallen overnight in parts of the country.

Roofs were blown away, trees toppled and highways flooded across the island of Luzon, seat of the capital, Manila.

Local media reported a river burst its banks in an eastern part of Manila on Friday, prompting the evacuation of about 20,000 people. Other residents, however, chose to stay put.