Storm leaves at least two people dead and causes massive disruption and power cuts in nine provinces before slowing down

Typhoon Koppu has weakened after blowing ashore in the north-eastern Philippines, but not before it left at least two people dead, displaced 16,000 villagers and knocked out power in entire provinces, officials said.

Troops and police officers were deployed to rescue residents trapped in flooded villages in the provinces of Aurora, where the typhoon made landfall early on Sunday, and Nueva Ecija, where floodwaters swamped rice farmlands during harvest.

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Source: Guardian Environment