MANILA (Reuters) – A number of communities stay flooded and with out energy after a powerful hurricane battered the Philippines’ northernmost islands, the authorities mentioned on Sunday, displacing 1000’s of individuals.
Storm Chanthu, which at one level was categorised by the Philippine climate bureau as a class 5 storm, has weakened after powering into the northernmost area, together with the Batanes island group, on Saturday, the climate bureau mentioned.
“It is one of many strongest typhoons I’ve felt,” mentioned Dennis Ballesteros Valdez, a resident of Sabtang city within the province of Batanes, which is commonly pummelled by highly effective typhoons.
“It might have been extra damaging if the homes weren’t constructed as robust,” Valdez mentioned.
Footage taken by Valdez confirmed highly effective winds and rains battering homes in Sabtang on Saturday morning.
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Greater than 11,000 individuals have been affected by the hurricane, with greater than 1,000 nonetheless in evacuation facilities, the catastrophe company mentioned in a report. No casualties have been reported but.
Chanthu has been downgraded to class 3, in keeping with Tropical Storm Threat, because it brushed Taiwan and drenched the island with heavy rain.
Some 20 typhoons hit the Philippines on common annually, in keeping with the climate authorities.
(Reporting by Peter Blaza; Modifying by Jacqueline Wong)
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