Friday 24 February 2017

Man killed as 730,000 residents flee typhoon in Philippines

Rachael English in Manila

Residents eat outside their damaged shanties after typhoon Melor battered central Philippines. Photo: Renelyn Loquinario/Reuters
Residents eat outside their damaged shanties after typhoon Melor battered central Philippines. Photo: Renelyn Loquinario/Reuters

Typhoon Melor left at least one person dead and wide areas without power yesterday, as it crossed over the central Philippines. About 730,000 people were evacuated to safer ground before the storm hit.

The government weather bureau said the typhoon had weakened but was still packing winds of 140kmh and gusts of up to 170kmh as it passed over Oriental Mindoro province. Classes, flights and ferry trips remained suspended in affected areas.

The governor of Oriental Mindoro, Alfonso Umali Jr, said strong winds were battering the province and iron roofing was flying about, endangering rescuers trying to reach flooded homes.

The storm was expected to exit Mindoro island last night and weaken further as it moved across the South China Sea, said Adzar Aurelio, a government weather forecaster.

Edgar Posadas, a civil defence official, said a 31-year-old man died after being hit on Monday by a dislodged tin sheet while he was fixing the roof of his house in Northern Samar province.

The national disaster management agency said 733,153 people were evacuated before the typhoon hit, and officials said that averted more casualties.

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