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Christmas typhoon kills at least 13 in Philippines

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    Reuters

Manila, Philippines   /   Thu, December 26, 2019   /   01:15 pm
Christmas typhoon kills at least 13 in Philippines This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 23:30 UTC on September 27, 2018, shows Typhoon Trami off the Japanese south coast in the Philippine Sea. A large, very strong typhoon churned towards Japan Friday, with the weather agency warning the storm would rip through the nation over the weekend, bringing violent winds and torrential rain. Typhoon Trami, packing gusts of a maximum 162 kilometers per hour near its centre, was in the Pacific spiralling slowly towards Japan's southern islands. (NOAA/RAMMB /AFP/Agustin Paullier)

A typhoon that struck the central Philippines over Christmas has killed at least 13 people, disaster agency officials said on Thursday.

Typhoon Phanfone hit the Philippines late on Tuesday with winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of 150 kph, heavy rain and flooding.

More than 58,000 people were evacuated from their homes before the storm, which caused widespread property damage, and more than 15,000 were stranded at ports when ferries were suspended. Scores of flights were cancelled.

The fatalities were in the central provinces of Capiz, Iloilo and Leyte, including a 13-year-old boy who was electrocuted, a man killed by a tree branch and another killed in a car accident, the disaster agency said.

The typhoon left the Philippines on Wednesday night and was out over the South China Sea, moving west.

An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year, with storms becoming fiercer in recent years.

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