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Mass evacuations as Typhoon Nesat hits Philippines

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Mass evacuations as Typhoon Nesat hits Philippines


Typhoon Nesat is leaving a path of flooding and devastation in the Philippines. A 22-month-old baby boy has been killed after falling into a river. Four fishermen are missing, with 50 others having to be rescued when their boats capsized.

The Philippines Stock Exchange has been closed. With power supplies cut off, offices, schools and universities have all been affected. The US embassy in the capital Manila is just another one of the buildings immersed in water.

Winds have reached speeds of up to 170 kilometres-per-hour, whipping up massive tides and sweeping water onto the country’s thousands of islands. With roads deluged and flights cancelled, the authorities are warning against all non-essential travel.

Luzon, where more than half the population lives, has been hit hard. Over 100,000 people have been evacuated from one of its provinces.

Nesat is a category 3 typhoon. Two years ago, category 2 Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, killing almost 750 people and causing more than 800 million euros worth of damage.

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