7 August 2020, Friday | 10:47pm

Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises to 10 as storm moves off



MANILA: The death toll from a typhoon that hit provinces south of the Philippine capital rose to 10, disaster agencies said on Wednesday, pointing to precautions and compulsory evacuations as key in preventing more casualties.

Debris litter inside the passenger terminal, after one of its walls was destroyed in Legaspi City, Albay province, south of Manila. -AFP


Typhoon Kammuri, the 20th to enter the Philippines this year, hit land on Monday night, prompting forced evacuation of thousands of residents and cancellation of hundreds of flights. It also disrupted the schedule for some events in the Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting until Dec. 11.

Families register their names at the Delpan Evacuation Center after Typhoon Kammuri hit Metro Manila, Philippines. -Reuters


Five people died in the central Bicol region, including three who drowned, a local disaster agency said in a report. Five more were killed in a region south of the capital.

Strong winds and heavy rain batter a flooded landscape as the typhoon Kammuri hits Gloria, Oriental Mindor, Philippines in this still image obtained from a social media video. -Courtesy of Patrick Josh Valisno/social media via Reuters


Around 345,000 people are still in evacuation centres, awaiting authorities’ clearance for them to return home, disaster agency spokesman Mark Timbal told broadcaster ANC.

“The storm left the usual damage of major storms such as fallen trees, ruined roofs of houses and some government facilities,” Timbal said. Officials said forced evacuations and preparations prevented greater loss of life.


Residents are seen after Typhoon Kammuri hit Camalig town, Philippines. - Reuters


Sustained winds of Kammuri weakened to 100 kilometres per hour (67 miles per hour), with gusts of up to 125 kph (78 mph) as it heads towards the South China Sea. It is set to leave the Philippines on Wednesday night, the state weather bureau said.

An average of 20 typhoons annually hit the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands.--Reuters




Source: News Straits Times

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