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At least four people are known to have died after a powerful typhoon ripped through the Philippines, officials said Wednesday, with high-speed winds prompting large-scale evacuations, tearing off roofs and shutting down Manila airport.
Typhoon Kammuri wreaked havoc on islands and provinces south of the capital Manila on Tuesday, sending nearly 600,000 people fleeing their homes, civil defence officials said.
People - Islands - Mindoro - Marinduque - Trees
Three people died on the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque after being hit by falling trees and other objects, and a fourth drowned on the island of Leyte, police and officials reported.
"Our hope is those (deaths) would be the last," civil defence official Mark Timbal told AFP.
Impact - Preparations - Communities - Governments - Timbal
The impact could have been worse if not for the preparations made by communities and local governments however, Timbal added, with several provinces reporting zero casualties.
"We saw an improvement in the behaviour of the people who are now more willing to participate in evacuation procedures," said Timbal, who is the spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Media - Factor - People - Safety - Light
"Social media is a factor, while people also became more concerned over their safety in light of the series...
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