11 killed, 4.5 lakh displaced as Typhoon Kammuri slammed Philippines

At least 11 people were killed, while hundreds of thousands were evacuated as typhoon Kammuri pounded large parts of Philippines, bringing heavy rains and high velocity winds and damaging a number of properties.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 458,020 persons, were being aided in evacuation centers after they fled their homes over fears of flooding and landslides.

Five fatalities were recorded in the Bicol region (east), five others died in the Mimaropa region (west), and one more death was reported in the city of Ormoc (centre).

The typhoon, called Tisoy in the Philippines, has damaged at least 38 buildings, a dozen power lines, 12 roads and eight bridges, NDRRMC said.

Schools in Philippines are expected to remain shut on Thursday as well.

Some 521 domestic and international flights were canceled due to bad weather, most of them owing to the suspension of all operations at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport on Tuesday and the disruption of transport by sea.

Kammuri passed over the central Philippines on Tuesday, blowing from east to west with sustained winds of 155 kmph and gusts of 235 kmph, before losing strength and turning into a tropical storm.

The typhoon has also affected the Southeast Asian Games, which commenced Saturday and involved more than 5,600 athletes taking part. Organisers have postponed or suspended many of its events.

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