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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Philippines Storm Weakens After Killing 27

A powerful Pacific storm has weakened and is leaving the Philippines
after killing at least 27 people in the vulnerable archipelago nation.

Typhoon Hagupit slammed Saturday into the eastern Philippines, tearing
roofs off buildings and knocking out power in entire coastal
provinces.

The Philippine Red Cross puts the death toll at 27. That is much
higher than the government's toll, which stands only at 11 as of
Tuesday.

Much of the worst damage was in Eastern Samar province, which is still
recovering from Typhoon Haiyan that last year killed thousands.

Hagupit was not as catastrophic as Haiyan, in part because nearly 1.7
million people fled to evacuations centers as the storm approached.

The storm steadily weakened as it crossed over the central
Philippines, sparing the capital, Manila, which largely shut down in
preparation.

By Tuesday, Hagupit had weakened to a tropical depression and was
heading west toward the South China Sea.



Credit: VOA News

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