Typhoon Kammuri leaves destruction as it moves through the Philippines


Typhoon Kammuri razed the Philippines on Tuesday, ripped off the roofs of houses, knocked down power lines and left half a million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. At least one person was killed.

The closure of the Manila airport was ordered for 12 hours and almost 500 flights were canceled. Authorities suspended maritime traffic in affected areas such as Kammuri, filling gusts of wind up to 150 miles per hour, hit the Philippine archipelago for the second day.

In Albay, a province in southeastern Luzon, the largest and most populous Filipino island, Governor Al Francis Bichara said the strong winds caused more damage than the rain.

"At this time there is no electricity, the cables had fallen, but now it is quiet," he said, speaking at a radio station in Manila.

The army, police force and emergency service workers were helping clear the debris roads, said Claudio Yucot, regional director of civil defense.

A man who was preparing his home for the storm was electrocuted and died when a damaged cable touched his galvanized metal roof, the Philippine National Police said.

Across the archipelago, authorities said evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people from exposed areas had diminished the impact of the storm on civilians.

Even so, the authorities warned of storms of up to three feet and floods and landslides by wind and rain in the mountainous countryside.

Throughout the metropolitan area of ​​Manila, government offices and schools were closed. And heavy rains were forecast for the next few days.

The typhoon hit the Philippines when the nation organized the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial sporting event that attracts the best athletes from 11 nations in Southeast Asia.

The games are scheduled for December 11, and several outdoor events have already been canceled or postponed until later this week, when the typhoon is expected to continue. Sports such as windsurfing, beach volleyball and canoeing-kayaking were suspended or postponed, while others were held before the storm arrived.

Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, is the twentieth storm that plagues the Philippines this year.

Jason Gutierrez contributed reporting.