Three killed as typhoon batters the Philippines

World | REUTERS 4 Dec 2019

Typhoon Kammuri struck the Philippines yesterday, killing at least three, disrupting air travel and forcing government offices and schools to shut.

Authorities evacuated some 225,000 people ahead of its arrival, while warnings for floods, storm surges and landslides were issued in the wake of the country's 20th typhoon of the year.

Organizers of the ongoing Southeast Asian Games postponed several events for later in the competition but promised the games would finish as originally scheduled by December 11. Affected events include surfing, kayak, windsurfing, polo, sailing, skateboarding and canoeing.

Winds gusting up to 200 kilometers per hour damaged homes and tore down trees and signage as the storm barrelled through islands south of the capital, moving across the archipelago towards the South China Sea.

A man in Camarines Sur province died from electrocution while two others in Oriental Mindoro were killed after ignoring the mandatory evacuation. One was hit by a falling tree and the other by a sheet of metal roofing.

Some 499 flights were postponed at Manila's main airport for 12 hours, affecting 100,000 passengers.

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