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Typhoon Koppu pummels Philippines

KEY POINTS
  • 23 dead, 6 missing
  • Himawari 8 satellite monitoring disaster
  • Sat imagery shows typhoon weakening

At least 23 people have died and six more are missing since Typhoon Koppu hit the Philippines on Sunday morning, local time. Japanese satellite Himawari 8 is helping to monitor this disaster by continually updating the Thai Meteorological Department with satellite imagery. Satellite images show that the typhoon appeared to be losing its eye, a sign of its dissipating strength. But, even though Koppu has been downgraded to a tropical storm now, torrential downpours continue to lash large parts of the country. Rapid response volunteer group Team 48 has been providing satellite equipment to help the mayor’s office and the military coordinate with regional offices.