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Typhoon Rammasun leaves at least 27 dead in Philippines

Published on Jul 17, 2014 9:30 AM
Residents beside a boat destroyed by strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun that battered the coastal bay of Baseco compound, metro Manila on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - The death toll from the first typhoon of the Philippines' rainy season climbed to at least 27 on Thursday, authorities said, as millions in the capital and elsewhere endured a second day without power.

As Typhoon Rammasun moved further towards southern China, streets across Manila remained littered with fallen trees, branches and electrical posts while repairmen struggled to restore power services.

The head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Alexander Pama, said that his agency had confirmed 20 fatalities as of late Wednesday, but he expected the death toll to rise with more reports coming in.

"Most of the deaths were hit by falling trees, primarily by debris," Pama told ABS-CBN television.

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