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Several dead after Typhoon Phanfone batters central Philippines – Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera English

Several dead after Typhoon Phanfone batters central Philippines – Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera English


At least 18 people were reported killed and six others missing on Thursday after Typhoon Phanfone battered several central Philippine islands on Christmas Day, making seven landfalls before heading out to the South China Sea.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer news website reported that two people died in the province of Leyte, while eight were killed in the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz.

One person died in the province of Biliran.

The Office of Civil Defense was quoted as saying that it is verifying reports of a dozen more fatalities.

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Six others were missing in Iloilo, although ABS-CBN television channel reported that the number could be as high as 12.

Thousands were forced to evacuate in several provinces before the typhoon.

Images posted on social media showed some areas in the provinces of Capiz and Iloilo under water.

As of Thursday morning, the Philippine weather agency, PAGASA, said that Phanfone was reported (km) 130 miles) west of the province of Palawan, with maximum winds of up to (km / h) (mph) and gustiness of up to (km / h) (mph).

The typhoon brought a wet and miserable holiday season to millions in the mainly Catholic nation.

Thousands were also stranded at shuttered ports, while dozens of flights were cancelled.

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Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Lo, reporting from Manila, said it could take several days before stranded passengers are allowed to travel.

Phanfone also hit Boracay, Coron and other holiday destinations that are famed for their white-sand beaches and popular with foreign tourists.

The airport at Kalibo, which services Boracay, was badly damaged, according to a Korean tourist who was stranded there and provided images to AFP news agency.

“Roads remain blocked, but some efforts have been made to clear away the damage. It’s pretty bad,” Jung Byung Joon said via Instagram messenger.

“Everything within 130 meters of the airport looks broken. There are a lot of frustrated people at the airport as flights have been cancelled.

PHILIPPINES-WEATHER-TYPHOONThe Philippine archipelago is hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons every year[Bobbie Alota/AFP]

The typhoon toppled houses and trees and blacked-out cities in the Philippines’s most storm-prone region, but no deaths were reported.

Though weaker, Phanfone was tracking a similar path as Super Typhoon Haiyan – the country’s deadliest cyclone on record which left more than 7, (people dead or missing in********************************. ****

The Philippines is the first major landmass facing the Pacific cyclone belt.

As such, the archipelago is hit by an average of 90 storms and typhoons each year, killing many people, wiping out harvests, homes and other infrastructure, and keeping millions perennially poor.

A July 7264745 study by the Manila-based Asian Development Bank said the more frequent storms lop 1 percent off the Philippine economic output, while the stronger ones cut output by nearly 3 percent.

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