Photos show Typhoon Ompong’s havoc in different parts of Luzon

September 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The main island of the Philippines suffered the wrath of Typhoon “Ompong” (international name “Mangkhut”) when it landed early on Saturday and caused severe destruction in the northern region of the country.

Veteran weather observers have touted it a “beast,” with initial maximum sustained winds of up to 205 kph and gustiness up to 255 kph.

It left the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday evening.

Latest reports indicate that the death toll of the typhoon has reached 65 on Sunday, September 16, although it is expected to rise as several people are still reported missing on Northern Luzon.

Some of the damages reported include massive landslides, flooded streets, destroyed houses and buildings and toppled posts, among others.

Those affected by the typhoon have documented the damage that particularly occurred upon its landfall.

Ilocos Norte 

The province of Ilocos Norte suffered heavy damage from the typhoon’s winds and extreme rain showers.

Instagram user @_athenapilar shared pictures of the destruction when the region was placed under Signal 4 on Saturday morning.

Mountain Province

The Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region experienced severe flooding, among which most affected was Bontoc. Twitter user @Kudou10294 shared pictures of the damage that happened on Saturday morning.

Heavy flooding in Bontoc, Mountain Province. (Twitter/Kudou10294)
High level of floodwaters seen in Bontoc, Mountain Province. (Twitter/Kudou10294)


Benguet, including summer capital Baguio City, experienced massive landslides and heavy flooding.

An area in Baguio submerged in floodwaters. (Twitter/xnoveline via ‘Baguio Sumbungan Forums’ in Facebook)

Twitter user @xnoveline captured images of areas at Ciudad Grande located in Bakekang, Baguio that were affected by the landslide on Saturday afternoon.

A building in Ciudad Grande located in Bakakeng, Baguio is flooded and streaked with mud as the area experienced landslide. (Twitter/xnoveline)
Vehicles submerged in floodwaters as Typhoon “Ompong” causes landslide. (Twitter/xnoveline)

La Union 

Strong winds and extremely heavy rain showers befell La Union, particularly Bangar, on Saturday afternoon. Twitter user @ilocanoboi23 shared a video of the damage.

Nueva Ecija 

Nueva Ecija experienced heavy flooding and strong winds that uprooted trees on Saturday morning. The Facebook page of Rizal Mayor Lito Andres documented the damage in their municipality.

Fallen trees seen in Rizal-Bongabon road, Nueva Ecija. (Facebook/Mayor Lito Andres Official)
Waters below the Poblacion Norte bridge in Rizal-Pantabangan Road. (Facebook/Mayor Lito Andres Official)
Water level of the Poblacion Norte bridge in Rizal-Pantabangan Road. (Facebook/Mayor Lito Andres Official)

— Compilation video by Uela Altar-Badayos