Typhoon Kammuri, the 20th to enter the Philippines this year, hit land on Monday night, prompting forced evacuation of thousands of residents and cancellation of hundreds of flights.
It also disrupted the schedule for some events in the South-East Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting until Dec 11.
Five people died in the central Bicol region, including three who drowned, a local disaster agency said in a report. Five more were killed in a region south of the capital.
Around 345,000 people are still in evacuation centres, awaiting authorities’ clearance for them to return home, disaster agency spokesman Mark Timbal told broadcaster ANC.
“The storm left the usual damage of major storms such as fallen trees, ruined roofs of houses and some government facilities,” Timbal said. Officials said forced evacuations and preparations prevented greater loss of life.
Sustained winds of Kammuri weakened to 100kph, with gusts of up to 125kph as it heads towards the South China Sea. It is set to leave the Philippines on Wednesday night, the state weather bureau said.
An average of 20 typhoons annually hit the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. –Reuters
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