Philippines counts cost of deadly typhoon Phanfone

Philippines counts cost of deadly typhoon Phanfone
Ormoc, in Leyte province, was one of the worst-affected areas. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times, Indonesia: A heavy typhoon hit the central Philippines which already costs ten lives and the death toll expected to rise.

On the Christmas day, Typhoon Phanfone carried gusts of close to 190km/h (118 mph) and made landfall several times across various islands, officials say. The typhoon also knows as Ursula.

Tens of thousands of people stuck in various ports as they attempt to make their way home to celebrate Christmas.

Phanfone struck close to regions devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 6,000 people and it is considered the deadliest storm hit in the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan’s wind speed was more than 310km/h, also the most powerful storm to ever make landfall.

Typhoon Phanfone began making landfall on the day before Christmas, it continued to pass over many islands of the central Philippines throughout Christmas Day, but its impact began to appear only on Thursday.

At least ten people death confirmed so far. Local media reported the death tolls are likely to rise. A three-year-old boy was among the dead. Most deaths occurred in Iloilo and Capiz provinces.

The Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports the death number 16, citing disaster agency officials.

The Philippines’ ABS-CBN network said at least 12 people were missing in Iloilo province alone.

The popular tourist island of Boracay was also hit by the typhoon, but the impact is not clear yet.

A massive fire broke out in In Tacloban city as the winds rose, but the town escaped the worst of the damage.

The last update of the typhoon is given at 11:00 local time (03:00 GMT) on Thursday that it crossed the most populated islands and now headed toward the South China Sea.