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Typhoon death toll climbs to 38 in Philippines

English.news.cn   2014-07-17 13:14:51

MANILA, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from typhoon Rammasun (local name: Glenda) rose to 38, the local disaster agency said Thursday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ( NDRRMC) said the typhoon also left 10 people injured while eight others were declared missing.

NDRRMC said Rammasun destroyed 668.23 million pesos (15.32 million U.S. dollars) worth of rice, corn, other cash crops and livestock in affected areas.

Strong winds and heavy rains also damaged 26,259 houses, 15 roads, and four bridges. Many residents in Region IV-A and Quezon province in northern Philippines remain without electricity.

The province of Albay, where the typhoon made landfall on Tuesday night, and Camarines Sur in eastern Philippines are currently under state of calamity.

As of 6 a.m. local time, Thursday, a total of 1,193 passengers are stranded at various ports in northern Philippines due to typhoon Rammasun.

Of the 1 million people affected by the typhoon, the NDRRMC said more than half a million are currently housed in evacuation centers.

The typhoon packed maximum sustained winds of 140 km per hour ( kph) and gustiness of up to 170 kph when it barreled through central and northern Philippines, including the country's capital region of Metro Manila on Wednesday.

Based on the latest update from the state weather bureau, Rammasun has slightly weakened as it continues to move away from the Philippines.

Editor: Fu Peng
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