200,000 evacuated as Typhoon Kammuri lashes Philippines

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Battered by about 20 typhoons each year, the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries on Earth [Jonnel Maribojoc/EPA]

The Philippines has evacuated 200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas due to fears of flooding and landslides, saying it would also shut its main international airport as a powerful typhoon made landfall.

Typhoon Kammuri, the twentieth typhoon to hit the country this year, made landfall on the Philippines’ main Luzon island just before midnight local time on Tuesday (16:00 GMT on Monday). The strengthening storm is locally referred to as Typhoon Tisoy.

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According to NASA, the typhoon was given a parallel local name in the hopes that Filipinos will respond more to familiar names and it will underscore that the weather disturbance poses a direct threat to their country.

200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas have been evacuated [Zalrian Sayat/EPA]

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