200,000 evacuated as Typhoon Kammuri lashes Philippines

The typhoon is expected to pass near the capital, Manila, on Tuesday.

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The philippines evacuated 200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas amid fears of flooding and landslides, and closed the country’s main international airport, as a powerful typhoon hit the Southeast Asian nation.

Typhoon Kammuri, the Philippines 20th typhoon this year, hit the main Luzon island just before midnight local time on Tuesday (16:00 GMT on Monday). The strengthening storm is locally referred to as Typhoon Tiso.

Alindogan said the local airport had been closed and it was still too early to know how badly coastal villages and outlying areas had been affected.

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