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Typhoon Nesat gathers strength as heads for Philippines

media Heavy rains have already started in capital, Manila Reuters/Romeo Ranoco

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated in the Philippines ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Nesat on Tuesday morning. The typhoon, which is already packing winds of 120 kilometres an hour, is due to strike the eastern edge of the main Luzon island, home to half the country’s population.

 

Nesat is one of the biggest typhoons of the year to hit the Philippines with a diameter twice that of other storms. The weather authority has warned it could become a category-four hurricane.

It is expected to hit Luzon and then dump heavy rains hundreds of kilometers inland to areas including the capital, Manila.

On Monday, over 34 domestic fights were cancelled while the coast guard stopped all inter-island ferries leaving hundred of passengers stranded.

Schools in Manila and affected provinces were suspended in preparation for the storm, said disaster relief officials.

Nesat’s rains will also affect the southern island of Mindanao, where two people were killed last week after a major river system overflowed its banks due to heavy rains.

Super typhoon Nanmadol killed 35 in August, while at least 70 others were killed by storms Nockten and Muifa in July.

 

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