Typhoon Koppu kills 9 in Philippines

The death toll from a typhoon churning at an agonizingly slow pace over the Philippines reached nine Monday as emergency officials warned that entire communities were at risk of being swept away in mudslides.

Typhoon Koppu knocked out power to entire provinces and left dozens of roads impassable as it toppled buildings and trees in the north of the country.

Although less powerful than originally thought, parts of the Philippines were under three feet of water early Monday and around 20,000 people remained in emergency shelters.

“There’s no other weather features to move it along so it’s just kind of drifting about,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth said, explaining why the storm wasn’t budging.

On Sunday, a 62-year-old woman was killed and her husband was injured in Subic, northwest of Manila, when a wall of their home collapsed while they slept, the country’s disaster agency said. A teenager was killed on the same day by a falling tree that injured four other people in Quezon.

The country’s coast guard said seven people died at sea, according to Reuters.

The army was deployed to help government agencies and volunteers rescue people from the waist-high water.

Richard J. Gordon, chairman of the country’s Red Cross, told NBC News that water was rising particularly in the province of Pangasinan, aided by heavy rains and dam water being released.

“We are sending rescue teams there now. We will be busy rescuing people from the tops of roofs - they have no place to go,” he said. “A lot of people can drown or be displaced from their homes. This is a developing tragedy.”

The typhoon, known as Lando in the Philippines, was crawling northwest at around 3 mph early Monday, the disaster agency said.

The storm weakened from a category 5 storm to category 1 after smashing into land on Saturday, its maximum sustained winds down to 80 mph from 120 mph.

Despite the slightly calmer winds, some areas were inundated with more than 15 inches of rain in the 30 hours to Monday morning, according to the U.K.’s state-run Met Office weather service.

“The storm will have been producing rain in some areas for five-and-a-half days before it moves on — that’s a long time to build up a large rainfall total,” Roth said.

It was forecast to finally move back out over the sea on Tuesday or Wednesday, with some models predicting it would then travel north and take aim at Taiwan.

An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. More than 7,300 people died after the country took a direct hit from Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record.

This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com

Houses, partially submerged in floods waters caused by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Koppu, are seen in City Camp Lagoon at Baguio city, north of Manila, Oct. 19, 2015. (Photo by Harley Palangchao/Reuters)
Houses, partially submerged in floods waters caused by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Koppu, are seen in City Camp Lagoon at Baguio city, north of Manila, Oct. 19, 2015. Typhoon Koppu swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and flood waters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time.
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Residents brave a strong flood current along a submerged highway in Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on Oct. 19, 2015, a day after typhoon Koppu hit Aurora province. (Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty)
Residents brave a strong flood current along a submerged highway in Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on Oct. 19, 2015, a day after typhoon Koppu hit Aurora province. Residents of flooded farming villages in the Philippines were trapped on their rooftops October 19 and animals floated down fast-rising rivers, as deadly Typhoon Koppu dumped more intense rain.
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A worker removes sections of a fallen tree from a damaged house caused by Typhoon Koppu in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Oct. 19, 2015. (Photo by Aaron Favila/AP)
A worker removes sections of a fallen tree from a damaged house caused by Typhoon Koppu in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Oct. 19, 2015. Army, police and civilian volunteers scrambled Monday to rescue hundreds of villagers trapped in flooded homes and on rooftops in a northern Philippine province battered by slow-moving Typhoon Koppu.
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Residents and rescuers stand on top of a damaged house as they cut apart a toppled tree from Typhoon Koppu in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Oct. 19, 2015.
Residents and rescuers stand on top of a damaged house as they cut apart a toppled tree from Typhoon Koppu in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Oct. 19, 2015.
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An inundated house is seen amid floodwaters in Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on Oct. 19, 2015, a day after typhoon Koppu hit Aurora province. (Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty)
An inundated house is seen amid floodwaters in Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on Oct. 19, 2015, a day after typhoon Koppu hit Aurora province.
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Filipino typhoon victims wade in flood waters in Cabanatuan city, northern Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 19, 2015. (Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA)
Filipino typhoon victims wade in flood waters in Cabanatuan city, northern Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 19, 2015.
Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA
Residents stand on a flooded highway in Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on Oct. 19, 2015, a day after typhoon Koppu hit Aurora province. (Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty)
Residents stand on a flooded highway in Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on Oct. 19, 2015, a day after typhoon Koppu hit Aurora province.
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A man holds a pig on a float to cross a flooded road amidst a strong current in Sta Rosa, Nueva Ecija in northern Philippines on Oct. 19, 2015, after it was hit by Typhoon Koppu. (Photo by Erik de Castro/Reuters)
A man holds a pig on a float to cross a flooded road amidst a strong current in Sta Rosa, Nueva Ecija in northern Philippines on Oct. 19, 2015, after it was hit by Typhoon Koppu.
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Residents wade through floodwaters brought on by heavy rains caused by Typhoon Koppu in the town of Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on Oct. 19, 2015, a day after Typhoon Koppu hit the province of Aurora. (Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty)
Residents wade through floodwaters brought on by heavy rains caused by Typhoon Koppu in the town of Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila on Oct. 19, 2015, a day after Typhoon Koppu hit the province of Aurora.
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Residents cross a swelling dam, due to rising waters brought about by Typhoon Koppu, in Las Pinas city, metro Manila on Oct. 19, 2015. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Reuters)
Residents cross a swelling dam, due to rising waters brought about by Typhoon Koppu, in Las Pinas city, metro Manila on Oct. 19, 2015. 
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Residents huddle together under their umbrellas as strong winds and slight rain are brought by Typhoon Koppu Oct. 18, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP)
Residents huddle together under their umbrellas as strong winds and slight rain are brought by Typhoon Koppu Oct. 18, 2015 in Manila, Philippines.
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A boy searches for reusable plastic bottles while being pelted by waves brought by typhoon Koppu in Manila Bay Oct. 18, 2015. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
A boy searches for reusable plastic bottles while being pelted by waves brought by typhoon Koppu in Manila Bay Oct. 18, 2015. 
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Typhoon Koppu kills 9 in Philippines