Residents carry their belongings as Typhoon Rammasun
(locally named Glenda) hit the town of Imus, Cavite
southwest of Manila. Photo by Reuters
A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across
the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation
of almost 150,000 people and shutting financial markets,
government offices and schools, rescue officials say.
The eye of Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the
country this year, passed to the south of Manila after
cutting a path through eastern islands, toppling trees and
power lines and causing electrocutions and blackouts.
It brought storm surges to Manila Bay and prompted disaster
officials to evacuate slum-dwellers on the capital's
Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red
Cross, said there was minimal damage in the capital but staff
were trying to rescue people trapped by fallen debris in
Batangas City to the south where two people were
"We have not received reports of major flooding in Metro
Manila because the typhoon did not bring rain, but the winds
were strong," he said.
Parts of the Philippines are still recovering from Typhoon
Haiyan, one of the biggest cyclones known to have made
landfall anywhere. It killed more than 6100 people last
November in the central provinces, many in tsunami-like sea
surges, and left millions homeless.
Rhea Catada, who works for Oxfam in Tacloban, which suffered
the brunt of Haiyan, said thousands of people in tents and
coastal villages had been evacuated to higher ground since
"They are scared because their experiences during Haiyan last
year are still fresh," she said. "Now they are evacuating
voluntarily and leaving behind their belongings."
Tropical Storm Risk, which monitors cyclones, labelled
Rammasun a category-two storm on a scale of one to five as it
headed west into the South China Sea. Super typhoon Haiyan
was category five.
A 25-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a falling
electricity pole as Rammasun hit the east coast on Tuesday,
the Philippine disaster agency said. A pregnant woman was
killed when a house wall collapsed in Lucena City in Quezon
province south of the capital.
Nearly 150,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in
low-lying and coastal areas. More than 60 international and
domestic flights have been cancelled over the past two days.
Trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange and Philippine
Dealing System, used for foreign exchange trading, were
suspended after government offices were ordered shut.