Flood nearly submerges bridge as river level swells during super typhoon Rai in the Philippines

A river came close to submerging a bridge as water levels rose due to super typhoon Rai in the Philippines.

Video shows the raging floodwaters rapidly flowing just beneath the bridge in the town of Talakag in the province of Bukidnon on December 16. The video was taken at 11:22 am local time, two hours before the severe storm made landfall in the country.

Onlooker LL-Wel Batonghinog said: ‘This was the situation of the river in Talakag, Bukidnon. It almost reached the bridge.’

State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that ‘heavy to torrential’ rains were expected over the south-central parts of the Philippines until Friday.

Typhoon Rai made its first landfall in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte province 1:30 pm local time. It made a second landfall in the Dinagat Islands at 3:10 pm.

Storm signal warning 4, the most severe in the country’s four-tiered weather alert system, has been hoisted over the provinces of southern Leyte, eastern Bohol, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center said Typhoon Rai may become a Category 5 hurricane or super typhoon, possibly reaching speeds of up to 260 kph.

Tens of thousands of residents in flood and landslide-prone rural areas have been evacuated by local government units as they brace for the powerful typhoon.