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Typhoon Rammasun batters central Philippines 17-Jul-2014

 

Strong winds knocked out power and forced thousands of people to evacuate as Typhoon Rammasun hit the central Philippines.

 

The typhoon, also known as Glenda, struck the main island of Luzon with gusts of up to 185km/h (115 mph).

 

Authorities said at least 10 people had been killed by the storm.

 

Officials said the eye of the storm passed south of the capital, Manila, but the severe weather brought it to a standstill. Government offices and schools were shut on Wednesday while flights were cancelled.

 

More than 370,000 people, mostly in the eastern province of Albay which was the first to be hit by the typhoon, had been evacuated, the Philippine National Red Cross said.

 

More than half of Luzon is without power, and at least four provinces in Luzon have declared or are about to declare a state of calamity, allowing local governments to tap emergency relief funds, according to agencies.

 

Manila Electric Company, the country's biggest power utility exclusively supplying to the capital, said around 86% of its customers were without electricity, according to Reuters.


Source: BBC and Reuters


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