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Greenpeace global chief Kumi Naidoo said increasingly violent storms hitting the Philippines showed the world had to act on climate change, as Typhoon Hagupit barrelled across the country. (Photo: AFP/Jay Directo)

Passengers stand next to their buses at the port of Matnog town in Sorsogon province, southeast of Manila, as they wait in a queue to board ferry boats to sail to Samar island after they were stranded at the height of Typhoon Hagupit.  (Photo: AFP/Ted Aljibe)

A Filipino man carries a dirty plastic sheet from his house after strong waves from Typhoon Hagupit battered a coastal village in Legazpi, Albay province, eastern Philippines on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Photo: AP/Aaron Favila)

Indian paramilitary soldiers frisk a Kashmiri man as he heads to the venue where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to give a speech in Srinagar. (Photo: AFP/Rouf Bhat)

Workers of several Belgian unions block a road in Delta, one of the main entrances to Brussels, during a strike on Dec 8 to protest against austerity measures taken by the federal government. (Photo: AFP/Belga/Laurie Dieffembacq)

A diver wearing a Santa Claus outfit swims with fish during a Christmas event at Lotte Aquarium in Seoul on December 8, 2014. The aquarium runs the event until December 25. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

A member of the community police and children take part in a protest in Tixtla, Mexico. At least one of the 43 missing Mexican students has been identified among charred remains found in a landfill, raising new fears they were all slaughtered in a case roiling the govt. (Photo: AFP/Eduardo Guerrero)

Protesters clash with the Chicago police in the street after recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: AFP/Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

People burning brooms gather on the village main square during 'Los Escobazos' Festival in Jarandilla de la Vera, Spain. Los Escobazos is an ancient feast celebrated every night on the 7th of Dec, where people burn brooms to welcome each other. (Photo: AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Actor Tom Hanks (L) hugs US First Lady Michelle Obama (2L) as she arrives with President Barack Obama (C) during a taping of the 37th Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center on Dec 7 in Washington, DC.  (Photo:  AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Austin Rivers #25 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the game in Los Angeles, California on Dec 7. (Photo: AFP/Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty)   

Indian residents hold placards and chant slogans as they take part in a protest against the alleged rape of a passenger by a driver working for the Uber taxi company in New Delhi. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

Children sit on a fallen coconut tree in Borongan, in the eastern Samar province, in central Philippines, a day after typhoon Hagupit hit the province. Millions of people in the Philippine capital Manila hunkered down as a Hagupit churned towards the megacity. (AFP/Vincent Go)

A picture shows damaged houses in Borongan, in the eastern Samar province, in central Philippines, after typhoon Hagupit hit the province. Soldiers and aid workers rushed to reach coastal villages on Samar island, where Hagupit crashed in from the Pacific Ocean at the weekend. (AFP/Vincent Go)

A woman takes part in the blockade of one of Brussels' main main entrance as part of an action of several unions in Brussels. The different unions called for strikes in Brussels and Brabants to protest against austerity measures taken by the Federal Government. (AFP/John Thys)

Firefighters stand outside a house in Gaithersbug, Maryland, where a small plane crashed. A small,private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed. (Photo: AP/Jose Luis Magana)

Pakistani activists from the Tehreek-e-Insaaf throw stones during clashes with ruling party supporters during a protest in Faisalabad. An opposition party worker was shot dead as hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police armed with water cannon and batons. (AFP/Chaudhry Asad)

A shell remains in the ground in front of a damaged petrol station after shelling in the eastern rebel-controlled Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels prepared for their first comprehensive truce talks in three months aimed at calming an upsurge of violence. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

International Security Assistance Forces honour guards take part in a flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. The US and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan, 13 years after their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

A Muslim Shiite pilgrim carries a religious flag displaying Imam Hussein in Baghdad as they walk to Karbala for the Arbaeen religious festival. Arbaeen marks the 40th day after Ashura and commemorates the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Church of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in Tsarskoye Selo outside St Petersburg. (AFP/Ria-Novostti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin)

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham plays a shot during the first One Day International cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone (L) shares a lighter moment with Roger Federer during a fun match in the sidelines of the International Premier Tennis League, in New Delhi, India. (AP/Manish Swarup)

Young Manchester City Academy footballers play in The Performance Centre at the newly-opened City Football Academy in Manchester, Northern England. (AFP/Oli Scarff)

Benny Tai (R), an original founder of the pro-democracy Occupy movement, hugs a supporter in Hong Kong. The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement prepared to surrender to police in a move they said was to show their commitment to the rule of law. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Anti Occupy Central movement protesters hold placards and shout slogans in Hong Kong. The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement prepared to surrender to police n a move they said was to show their commitment to the rule of law. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Yemeni security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb which struck the residence of Iran's ambassador in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing at least one person and wounding 17 others. Ambassador Hassan Sayed Nam was not in the house when the attack took place. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Destroyed apartments are seen following a night of shelling in the Petrovskiy district, of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk which is controlled by separatist rebels. Ukraine and pro-Russian rebel leaders agreed a truce around the airport in the eastern rebel stronghold of Donetsk. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

Japan's H-IIA rocket lifts off from the launch pad of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tanegashima Space Centre at Takegashima island in Kagoshima prefecture, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. The rocket carried the space probe Hayabusa2 destined for a distant asteroid. (AFP/Jiji Press)

An employee of Japanese doll maker Kyugetsu displays an ornamental wooden racket or hagoita decorated with a depiction Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo. A hagoita is a wooden paddle used to play the new year hanetsuki game. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Naga tribesmen in traditional attire perform a folk dance during the Hornbill festival at Kisama village in the Indian state of Nagaland. The 10-day festival is one of the biggest festivals of India’s northeast, showcasing the tradition and cultural heritage of the indigenous Nagas. (AP/Anupam Nath)

The last rays of the sun are seen at dusk at a cemetery in Yungay, Peru. (AP/Rodrigo Abd)

The coffin of Phillip Hughes is carried down the aisle during the funeral service at Macksville High School Stadium. Cricketing greats bid an emotional farewell to Phillip Hughes at a funeral service in his home town, as Australia stopped to remember the batsman. (AFP/POOL)

Mourners gather for a memorial service at the Sydney Cricket Ground and look at 63 bats with inscriptions detailing the career of cricketer Phillip Hughes in Sydney. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after he was hit in the head during a domestic cricket match. (AP/Rick Rycroft)

Minnesota's DeAndre Mathieu (C) is fouled as he drives between Wake Forest's Madison Jones (L) and Aaron Rountree III during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Minnesota won 84-69. (AP/Chuck Burton)

Padraig Harrington of Ireland teeing off during a practice round at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open 2014 at the the Damai Indah Golf course in Jakarta. The US$750,000 Asian Tour event will be held from Dec 4 to Dec 7. (AFP/Khalid Redza/Asian Tour)

Demonstrators march in the street during a protest against a New York grand jury in Washington, DC. The grand jury decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, after putting him in a chokehold. (AFP/Getty Images/T J Kirkpatrick)

Ukrainian servicemen load a belt with shells of a quick-firing gun onto the back of a lorry in the village of Pisky, close to the airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

(L-R) Hunger strikers, Eddie Ng, Gloria Cheng, Joshua Wong, Isabella Lo and Prince Wong of the student group Scholarism attend a press conference at the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Isaac Lawrence) 

Young Corsican nationalists are pictured during clashes with riot police, as part of a demonstration in the streets of Corte, Northern Corsica, to protest against government's policy in Corse. (AFP/Pascal Pochard Casabianca)

Residents stock up on food supplies from a grocey store in the city of Tacloban, central Philippines, ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Hagupit. (AFP/Lito Bagunas)

Tobacconists of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region hold signs and flags as they demonstrate against a new increase of the price of the cigarette packs and the standardisation of cigarette packaging in France in Mouscron, at the French-Belgium border. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)

Israeli police officers check the situation inside a supermarket where a Palestinian teen stabbed two Israelis in "an apparent terror attack" in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

Chinese carpenter Liu Fulong working on his wooden electric vehicle in Shengyang, northeast China's Liaoning province. It took Liu four months to build and cost nearly 20,000 yuan (US$3250), as he claimed the vehicle can be equipped with missiles and a radar. (Photo: AFP)

In this image provided by NASA a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop is seen after the Mobile Service Tower was finished rolling back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (AP/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

Members of the public shopping in the 'St Nicholas Fair' Christmas market in the city centre of York, Northern England. (AFP/Oli Scarff)

Jonathan Copete, of Colombia's Atletico Nacional (L), challenges for the ball against Leonardo Pisculichi, of Argentina's River Plate, during the Copa Sudamericana first leg final football match, in Medellin, Colombia. (AP/Fernando Vergara)

Steve McClellan (L) of the Cal State Fullerton Titans grabs a rebound from Kevon Looney (C) and Tony Parker of the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. UCLA won 73-45. (AFP/Getty Images/Harry How)

Police arrest a demonstrator during a protest in New York City against a decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police officer who used a chokehold on Eric Garner, who subsequently died. (Photo: AFP/Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Malaysian boys are doused with water before a mass-circumcision ceremony at the Khalid Al-Wahid mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Over 100 children participated in the event, organised by the Ministry of Defence for children of defence personnel. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Tents at a pro-democracy protest site in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong. Protest leader Benny Tai on Friday (Dec 5) urged protesters to turn to new methods of civil disobedience to push for electoral reform. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Men wait as women queue to receive humanitarian aid goods distributed by the Red Cross on Dec 3 in Yola after fleeing Boko Haram attacks in their native regions. To minimize the risk of conflict during those distributions, only women can take part in them. (Photo: AFP/Florian Plaucheur)

Natives from the Xerente tribe shoot arrows at an image of President Dilma Rousseff and Senator Katia Abreu during a protest outside the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on Dec 4. (Photo: AFP/Evaristo SA)

Several thousand participants march on the oldest Hungarian bridge, the Chain Bridge (Lanchid) in Budapest on Dec 4 during the latest demonstration challenging the government of controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orban. (Photo: AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)

Some 700 Peruvian children prepare to form a large image of a tree in Lima’s Miraflores beach to send a message to the world about the climate change on the sidelines of the UN COP20 and CMP10 conferences in the Peruvian capital. (Photo: AFP/Eitan Abramovich)

Steve Blake #25 of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for a shot against the Indiana Pacers on December 4, 2014 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: AFP/Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Residents queue for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Tacloban City, central Philippines on December 5, 2014, ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Hagupit. (Photo: AFP/Marlon Tano)

Tampa Bay Lightning's Cedric Paquette (13) fights with Buffalo Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons (28), of Latvia, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning won 5-0. (Photo: AP/Mike Carlson)

Nathan Adrian pushes off the starting block on his way to the fastest time in a 50-yard freestyle preliminary heat of the Winter National Swimming Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina on Dec 4. (Photo: AP/Bob Leverone)

People inspect the wreckage, a day after a car bomb explosion in the Iraqi Shiite enclave of Sadr city in Baghdad on Dec 4. A string of car bomb attacks across Iraq killed dozens of people on Thursday, Iraqi officials said. (Photo: AP/Karim Kadim)

Residents are evacuated to a safer place in Legazpi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila on Dec 6, 2014 ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Hagupit. (Photo: AFP/Charism Sayat)

A family walks between the tents on a windy day at the Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Pet dogs in Santa Claus costume pose of photos with their owners before the start of Santa Run at Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Over 400 people participated in the 2.5km-run. (Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Demonstrators march through the Loop protesting police abuse in Chicago, Illinois. The protest was one of many staged nationwide after grand juries investigating the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner failed to indict the police officers involved in both incidents.(AFP/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A protestor holds a torch in Nantes, western France, during a protest against police brutality following the death of 21-year-old Remi Fraisse, who died early Oct 26 during violent clashes between security forces and protesters against the project of a controversial dam. (Photo: AFP/Georges Gobet)

Police are seen in front of two Muslim women during a raid on the building of the Salafist Culture and Families Association in Bremen, northen Germany on Dec 5, 2014. The Salafist Culture and Families Assn is suspected of supporting the Islamic state. (Photo: AFP/DPA/Florian Kater)

Iraqis inspect the aftermath scene of a car bomb attack in the mostly Shiite Sadr City district. The first major attack in the disputed Iraqi city of Kirkuk in months killed 18 people yesterday, while two car bombs in a Shiite district of Baghdad left 15 dead. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

An armed Yemeni youth, loyal to the Shiite Muslim Huthi movement that controls Sanaa, sits amid the rubble on December 5, 2014, guarding the damaged house of the Iranian ambassador in the Yemeni capital which was targeted by a car bomb earlier this week. (Photo: AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Dortmund's team defends a free kick by Hoffenheim's Pirmin Schwegler from Switzerland, right, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and TSG Hoffenheim in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo: AP/Martin Meissner)

In this photo provided by ASP, Matt Wilkinson of Australia reaches the semifinals of the Vans World Cup of Surfing , Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. ((Photo: AP/ASP, Kelly Cestari)

Scott Currt (L) of New Zealand tackles John Brake (R) of England during their quarter-final rugby match in the Dubai leg of IRB's Sevens World Series on December 6, 2014.   (Photo: AFP/Karim Sahib)

New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson (R) is bowled out as Pakistani wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed reacts during the second and last International T20 cricket match at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on December 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

A general view of big waves brought about by strong winds pounding a seawall hours before Typhoon Hagupit. (Photo: AFP/TED ALJIBE)

Strong winds and rain pound the seawall hours before Typhoon Hagupit passes near the city of Legazpi on Dec 7, 2014. (Photo: AFP/TED ALJIBE)

Volunteers repack relief goods for victims of Typhoon Hagupit at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Manila on Dec 7. Hagupit tore apart homes and sent waves crashing through coastal communities across the eastern Philippines on Dec 7. (Photo: AFP/Jay Directo)

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at the PAP60 Party Conference on Sunday (Dec 7). Singapore's next General Election will be about who forms the government and not just how many seats the opposition gets, said Prime Minister Lee. (Photo: Kimberly Spykerman)

Demonstrators march to the Wan Chai police station in a protest against police brutality during pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Dec 7. Protesters want free elections in 2017 for Hong Kong's leader, whom Beijing says must be vetted through a loyalist committee. (Photo: AFP/Isaac Lawrence)

Pro-government protesters demonstrate in support of police as another group took part in a protest march against police brutality during pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Dec 7. (Photo: AFP/Isaac Lawrence)

A man tries to pick up his bicycle amidst a cloud of teargas during the fourth night of protests over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on Dec 6 in Berkeley, California. (Stephen Lam/Getty Images/AFP)

A shop assistant in Tampines Mall mopping up water. Thunderstorms across parts of Singapore on Sunday (Dec 7) led to sections of Tampines Mall being flooded. (Photo: Chow May Kee)

Kenya's Kenneth Mungara won this year's Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (Men's Open) with a time of 2h 16min and 42secs. (Photo: MediaCorp)

An Ariane 5, carrying two communications satellites for the US company DirecTV and the Indian space agency, lifts off from its launchpad in Kourou. (Photo: AFP/Ho/JM Guillon/ESA-CNES-Arianspace)

People watch a light show on the Palace Square in Saint Petersburg on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum on Dec 6. (Photo: AFP/OlgaMaltseva)

Belgium's hockey player Thomas Briels falls as he attempts a shot against Australia during their Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Dec 7. (Photo: AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)