Typhoon causes flooding in Philippines

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Typhoon "Kammuri" has caused flooding and power outages in the Philippines. The heavy storm tore roofs off today, overturned trees and electricity pylons and destroyed windows. "We are still investigating the damage, but it looks bad," said a civil protection officer in Sorsogon Province, Luzon Island, where the typhoon hit land yesterday.

According to meteorologists, the typhoon weakened slightly. But he still reached wind speeds of up to 150 km / h, some gusts came to 205 km / h.

Residents in front of their destroyed houses

Reuters / Nino Luces

Hundreds of flights canceled

Manila airport was temporarily closed for security reasons. Around 500 flights have been canceled. Passengers were asked not to come to the airport at all. In the Bicol region some 340,000 people have been accommodated in shelters.

The Philippines are hit by an average of 20 typhoons and storms each year. Hundreds of people die each year. The hitherto most severe typhoon "Haiyan" occurred in 2013. Almost 7,400 people were killed or have been missing since then.


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