The storm brought 53 mph winds to the area north of Manila on the island of Luzon. Residents have been warned of landslides and extreme rainfall as government and school buildings have been closed.
The storm brought 53 mph winds to the area north of Manila on the island of Luzon. Residents have been warned of landslides and extreme rainfall as government and school buildings have been closed. AAP Image - NEWZULU - Sherbien Dacalanio

Storm forces 200,000 into temporary shelter

STORM Fung-Wong is churning towards Taiwan after killing at least five people in the Philippines and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding.

Most schools on the main island of Luzon remained closed for a second day as a huge mopping-up operation began. Some public offices have reopened.

"Some of our things are buried in mud, it will take awhile to clean up," a resident in Marikina City told the ABC while clearing up layers of mud and debris inside their residence.

Fung-Wong, with winds of 95kph and gusts of 120kph, slammed in the northern tip of the Philippines on Friday, cutting power in many areas and soaking rice and corn farms and bringing the capital to a near standstill.

The storm, travelling north at 15kph, is expected to hit Taiwan tomorrow , according to the state weather bureau.

Tropical storms regularly hit the Philippines, with Fung-Wong the second to hit in two weeks. Last year, typhoon Haiyan struck in the central Philippines, killing more 6300 people.


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