The storm is on track to pass close to Manila, which is home to some 13 million people and the site for many of the SEA Games events. — AFP/VNA Photo MANILA — Typhoon Kammuri on Tuesday lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. The powerful storm, which blew in windows and sheared off roofs, roared ashore late Monday and was due to pass south of Manila – home to some 13 million people – and thousands of athletes at the regional Southeast Asian Games. Forecasters said Kammuri remained strong, with sustained winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour, and maximum gusts of 235 kph as it tracked northwest. “We’re still assessing the damage but it looks like it’s severe,” said Luisito Mendoza, a disaster officer in the town where the storm made landfall. “There is one place where water levels reached the roof… our own personnel got hit by shattered glass,” he added, saying many trees and power poles were felled by wind. The managers of Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport said operations were… Read full this story
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