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Typhoon Mangkhut strikes: First Philippines' deaths confirmed

Typhoon Mangkhut
Asia   More than four million people were in the path of the storm

At least two people have died after a massive Typhoon Mangkhut brought destruction to the northern Philippines.


Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines' main island of Luzon, and is now moving west towards China.

Almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao sustained some damage, a government official said, and communications were down in places.

More than four million people were in the path of the storm, which packed winds of 185km/h (115mph).

Thousands were evacuated amid warnings of 6m (20ft) storm surges.

In the first confirmed deaths, two rescuers were killed trying to help people trapped in a landslide.

There are unconfirmed reports of casualties in the coastal town of Aparri. The evacuation centre there is said to have been destroyed and phone networks are down.

 

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