More than 200,000 inhabitants of the Philippine island of Luzon were evacuated before the onslaught of typhoon Tisoy, which forced the cancellation of more than 500 flights and the closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, official sources reported.
Typhoon Tisoy made landfall in the province of Sorsogón, on the island of Luzon, at 23:00 local time on Monday (15:00 GMT), announced the Administration of Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) of the Asian country.
The tropical storm moves west at 15 kilometers per hour and accumulates maximum sustained winds of up to 175 kilometers per hour and gusts of 240 kilometers per hour.
The National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) has ordered the evacuation of more than 225,000 people from four regions of Luzon Island due to the risk of flooding and landslides, state news agency PNA reported.
A total of 508 domestic and international flights to and from Manila were canceled as of Tuesday, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
The general manager of MIAA, Ed Monreal, announced that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will suspend its activities for 12 hours from 11:00 local time in anticipation of the possible onslaught of typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri).