Philippines braces for new storm after deadly Bopha

The Philippines on Tuesday braced for a storm as almost 1 million people were recovering from a powerful typhoon that hit the south this month.

Tropical Storm Wukong, packing maximum winds of 65 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 80 kph, was expected to hit the central Philippines Wednesday.

Storm signals were up over 17 central, eastern and southern provinces, the weather bureau said.

Rainfall was expected to be heavy to intense over the storm’s 350-kilometre diameter, it said.

“Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides,” the bureau said in its bulletin.

Wukong comes two weeks after Typhoon Bopha triggered massive flooding and landslides in the southern region of Mindanao, killing 1,067 people and affecting 6.2 million people.

At least 834 were still missing and feared dead while more than 973,000 people lost their homes or livelihoods and were now relying on emergency relief for food.