Thousands of people evacuated when Typhoon Kammuri approaches the Philippines


More than 43,000 people have been evacuated and schools in six provinces have suspended classes while the eastern islands of the Philippines were preparing for Typhoon Kammuri to land on Monday or early Tuesday.

The storm, which accumulated gusts of wind up to 115 miles per hour, rushed into the Philippines on Monday with its eye 220 miles east of the city of Virac in the province of Catanduanes Island, the national meteorological agency said.

The typhoon is about to attack the Philippines right after President Rodrigo Duterte, along with boxing politician and star Manny Pacquiao, presided over the opening of the Southeast Asian Games, a biannual sporting event that attracts the best athletes from 11 nations of Southeast Asia.

The Games are scheduled for December 11, and organizers have said that the typhoon can cause cancellation of outdoor events on the island of Luzon in the north of the country. This year's Games have been promoted as the biggest ones so far, with more than 8,000 athletes competing and hundreds of millions of viewers are expected to tune in from across the region.

Heavy rains were expected in Manila and nearby populated cities, and disaster agencies have stored food and medicine. The authorities have not yet issued mandatory evacuation orders, saying that all evacuations so far were preventive. Residents were asked to review local weather alerts and government social media accounts while the typhoon continued moving towards land.

Kammuri, the 20th storm hitting the Philippines this year, It was reported that he was following the same path as Typhoon Rammasun, which He killed more than 100 people in July 2014.

The Philippines is regularly exposed to powerful typhoons. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms ever to land, sweeping the Philippines at record speed. Massive storms destroyed the central city of Tacloban, sweeping entire neighborhoods. Haiyan left more than 7,300 dead in its path and displaced more than 650,000 people.

Jason Gutierrez contributed reporting.