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October 21, 2021

Powerful Typhoon hits Philippines

Seven people killed, including children.

MANILA – A powerful typhoon has struck the Philippines, triggering floods and cutting power in the capital Manila and throughout the main island, Luzon. Typhoon Nesat also forced the closure of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the US embassy, and the ground floor of Manila’s main hospital was flooded, the BBC said.

At least seven people have been killed, including several children. As Nesat approached, the authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 100,000 in central Albay province.

The typhoon was expected to continue slowly across the country, before blowing across the South China Sea towards southern China on Thursday.  Nesat made landfall just before dawn on Tuesday in the eastern Isabela and Aurora provinces on the Pacific coast.

Many roads have been flooded and flights cancelled, and local media are urging people against non-essential travel, our correspondent says. An adult and three children were crushed to death as a building collapsed in a northern Manila suburb on Tuesday. Two men were said to have died north of the capital in a landslide and weather-induced accident.

The presidential palace announced the suspension of all classes for schools and work for government agencies in Manila and other affected areas. The Philippine Stock Exchange also suspended trading. Some roads around Manila were impassable due to flooding and falling debris, including branches that had been ripped off trees, CNN said.

Several areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces were without electricity as the powerful storm cut power and transmission lines. At least 46 domestic flights were canceled and six international flights were delayed due to the storm, aviation officials said. Meanwhile, more than 3,000 passengers were stranded, according to the latest data from the Philippine Coast Guard.

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