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Philippines typhoon killed at least 10, more than 370,000 evacuated, hundreds of flights affected

Published on Jul 16, 2014 4:23 PM
 

MANILA (REUTERS) - A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and shut down the capital, cutting power and prompting the evacuation of more than 370,000 people, rescue officials said on Wednesday.

The eye of Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, passed to the south of Manila on Wednesday after cutting a path across the main island of Luzon, toppling trees and power lines and causing electrocutions and widespread blackouts.

Government offices, financial markets and schools closed for the day. Major roads across Luzon were blocked by debris, fallen trees, electricity poles and tin roofs ripped off village houses.

The storm uprooted trees in the capital where palm trees lining major arteries were bent over by the wind as broken hoardings bounced down the streets.

 
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