Philippine rescuers race to help towns hit by Typhoon Utor
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine rescuers cleared landslide-choked roads on Tuesday in an effort to reach isolated villages that were devastated by deadly Typhoon Utor, which left tens of thousands of people homeless.
The government reported that two people had been confirmed killed and 11 others were missing after Utor, the strongest storm this year, swept across the north of the country on Monday.
"Trees have fallen down, roofs have been torn off houses, electric poles and electric towers have collapsed," said National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesman Reynaldo Balido, describing chaos from coastal towns to mountain villages hundreds of kilometres apart.
One of the top priorities for rescuers were three towns in Aurora province on the east coast of the main island of Luzon that were in Utor's direct path when it made landfall before dawn on Monday.