Date
19 August 2017
A firefighter helps a mother and her child find safe shelter as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila. Photo: AFP
A firefighter helps a mother and her child find safe shelter as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila. Photo: AFP

Manila in lockdown as typhoon sweeps through

Typhoon Rammasun swept south of Manila, leaving at least 10 people dead and forcing more than 370,000 people into shelters, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing rescue officials.

The storm, the strongest to hit the country so far this year, cut power supplies and prompted closure of government offices, financial markets and schools for the day.

Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, said capital was not badly hit but rescue efforts were under way to free people trapped by fallen debris in Batangas City to the south where two people were electrocuted. 

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