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Typhoon Rai kills at least 12 in Philippines

International desk
Typhoon Rai
At least 12 people have died in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, after the storm swept across the archipelago uprooting trees, toppling power poles, and flooding villages.

More than 300,000 people fled their homes and beachfront resorts as Typhoon Rai pummelled the southern and central regions of the country on Friday, knocking out communications in some areas and tearing roofs off buildings.

“Siargao island is heavily damaged,” Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the national disaster agency told a briefing.

Jalad said 12 people have been reported killed during the storm, which lashed the popular tourist destination of Palawan island after ravaging the Visayas and the southern island of Mindanao.

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