Powerful Typhoon Leaves at Least 4 Dead in Philippines

MANILA, PhilippinesTyphoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippines with fierce winds and rain on Dec. 3, leaving at least four people dead, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities, and prompting officials to shut down Manilas international airport.

Kammuri toppled trees and electrical posts, ripped off tin roofs, and battered a provincial airport as it blew across island provinces in the southern fringes of the main northern Luzon island before blowing into the South China Sea. It weakened but remained dangerous, with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers (81 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 200 kph (124 mph) as it exited, forecasters said.

Several other people were reported injured, with officials attributing the low casualty figure to the early evacuation of hundreds of thousands of villagers from villages prone to high waves, flash floods, and landslides.

A villager was electrocuted while fixing the battered roof of his house in Libmanan town in Camarines Sur Province in the hard-hit Bicol region, regional disaster response officer Claudio Yucot said. In Oriental Mindoro, one of the last provinces to be lashed by the typhoon, a man died after being pinned by a fallen tree and another after being hit by a tin roof, Gov. Humerlito Dolor said.

A construction worker on his way home on a motorcycle was hit by a falling tree and died in the port city of Ormoc in Leyte Province, police said.

“There could have been more if we did not do preemptive evacuations,” Dolor told reporters.

The Philippines is battered by about 20 typhoons and tropical storms each year and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, making the archipelago of more than 100 million people one of the worlds most disaster-prone nations.

Its common to evacuate entire villages and communities and provide supplies to huge numbers of residents camped in schools and government buildings used as emergency shelters during typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes, largely because many mostly poor communities are in disaster-prone areas.

Kammuris pounding rain and wind damaged the airport in the city of Legazpi in Albay Province, collapsing a portion of its ceiling, scattering chairs in the arrival and departure areas and shattering glass panes. A truck was turned on its side after being buffeted by strong winds in the city, near Mount Mayon, one of the countrys most active volcanos.

Albay is one of several provinces in the Bicol region that lost post power due to toppled posts and downed transmission lines. Nearly 2 million people were affected by the power outages, offiRead More – Source

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