Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises to 10 as storm moves off

Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises to 10 as storm moves off

Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises to 10 as storm moves off (1)
Residents gather debris from their destroyed houses after typhoon Kammuri hit the city of Sorsogon, south of of Manila on Dec 3, 2019. (Photo: AFP/RAZVALE SAYAT)

MANILA: The death toll from a typhoon that hit provinces south of the Philippine capital rose to 10, disaster agencies said on Wednesday (Dec 4), pointing to precautions and compulsory evacuations as key in preventing more casualties.

Typhoon Kammuri, the 20th to enter the Philippines this year, hit land on Monday night, prompting forced evacuation of thousands of residents and cancellation of hundreds of flights. 

Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises to 10 as storm moves off (2)
A resident walks past debris from their destroyed houses after Typhoon Kammuri hit the city of Sorsogon, south of of Manila on Dec 3, 2019. (Photo: AFP/RAZVALE SAYAT)

It also disrupted the schedule for some events in the Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting until Dec 11.

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Five people died in the central Bicol region, including three who drowned, a local disaster agency said in a report. Five more were killed in a region south of the capital.

Around 345,000 people are still in evacuation centers, awaiting authorities' clearance for them to return home, disaster agency spokesman Mark Timbal told broadcaster ANC.

Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises to 10 as storm moves off (3)
Debris litter inside the passenger terminal, after one of its walls was destroyed in Legaspi City, Albay province, south of Manila on Dec 3, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Simvale SAYAT)
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"The storm left the usual damage of major storms such as fallen trees, ruined roofs of houses and some government facilities," Timbal said. Officials said forced evacuations and preparations prevented greater loss of life.

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Sustained winds of Kammuri weakened to 100kmh, with gusts of up to 125kph as it heads toward the South China Sea. It is set to leave the Philippines on Wednesday night, the state weather bureau said.

An average of 20 typhoons annually hit the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands.

Source: Reuters/ic

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