Thousands take shelter as Typhoon Kammuri smashes into Philippines

Hundreds of thousands take shelter as Typhoon Kammuri smashes into the Philippines with 96mph winds, killing three

  • Typhoon Kammuri made landfall on Luzon island late Monday with 96mph winds 
  • Storm ripped off roofs, knocked out power and cancelled 500 flights in Manila
  • It is believed at least three were killed in typhoon and some 200,000 evacuated

A powerful typhoon killed at least three and forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate when it tore through the Philippines with furious 96mph winds today.

Typhoon Kammuri made landfall in Sorsogon province, Luzon island late on Monday then barreled westward through Quezon, ripping off roofs, knocking out power and flooding low-lying villages.  

The storm sustained winds of 96mph and gusts of up to 146mph as it headed toward a cluster of island provinces and coastal regions lying south of Manila, where the Southeast Asian Games had opened on Saturday. 

As the typhoon moved away from the Philippines, it hit the central island of Mindoro, where one man was crushed by a falling tree and another was killed by a flying piece of lumber, police said.

Villagers move a fallen piece of roof as they clear debris from fallen homes in Legazpi after Typhoon Kammuri

The typhoon destroyed homes and cancelled hundreds of flights across the Philippines

Ahead of the storm’s arrival on Monday, a 33-year-old man was electrocuted while he secured a roof against furious winds. These had weakened to a maximum of 85mph later on Tuesday. 

Authorities evacuated some 225,000 people ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, amid fears of flooding, storm surges and landslides.

Heavy rain and winds caused damage to the airport in Legazpi, and photographs from the aftermath show waves crashing against bulwarks, panels flying off roofs, and fallen trees.

Authorities warned of storm surges of up to ten feet and possible floods and landslides ahead after heavy winds and rain.

The powerful storm had maximum sustained winds of 96mph and gusts of up to 146mph

Villagers watch on as groups of men remove fallen wood and metal sheets from the ground

A man walks past electric poles lying on the main highway after Typhoon Kammuri hit Camalig town

‘A lot of trees fell… There were a lot of roofs flying during the typhoon too,’ said Junie Castillo, a disaster officer in one of the areas first hit. 

Operations at Manila airport were also suspended today, with authorities estimating they would resume at around 11pm local time (3pm GMT). 

Nearly 500 flights were cancelled earlier in the day, impacting around 100,000 passengers, and officials warned people not to come to the airport.

Constance Benoit, 23, was hit with a nearly day-long delay to her flight back home to Canada.

A motorist rides under an uprooted tree in the aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi city

Children play in the floodwater as strong waves splash up along a wall near the road in Legazpi

People walk over sand bags as they try to avoid a flooded portion of the entrance of the venues of the South East Asian games after rains from Typhoon Kammuri poured in Manila

Policemen carry a fallen tree as they clear debris from the road in the aftermath of the typhoon

‘It was the most turbulent flight I ever took in my life,’ she said. ‘I just discovered what airsickness is.’ 

The coast guard also suspended sea travel in the northeast, stranding more than 6,000 travellers along with thousands of cargo ships and smaller watercraft in the archipelago nation. 

The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons each year, killing hundreds and putting people in disaster-prone areas in a state of constant poverty.

The country’s deadliest cyclone on record was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,300 people dead or missing in 2013.

Filipino evacuees hold windows during strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, inside a school classroom turned into a temporary evacuation center in Cavite City

Heavy rains and strong winds brought devastation across much of the Philippines on Tuesday

The storm caused power lines to fall across Camalig town in the Philippines on Tuesday

The Philippines was also forced to cancel a tennis match in the Southeast Asian Games after rains drenched an outdoor court. 

Organisers said wind surfing competitions have also been postponed and other events would be delayed if needed for safety but there was no plan to extend the 11-day games which opened Saturday. 

Around 8,750 athletes and team officials are expected at this year’s 30th edition – the biggest ever – along with another 12,000 volunteers. 

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