Typhoon churns across Philippines, more than 1 million flee

By REUTERS
December 7, 2014 04:17

 
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MANILA  - A powerful typhoon hit the central Philippines on Sunday, bringing howling winds that toppled trees and power poles and cut off communications with areas where thousands were killed by a massive storm just over a year ago.

More than 1 million people had fled to shelters away from coastal areas and landslide-prone villages by the time Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Saturday night, in what a U.N. agency said was one of the world's biggest peacetime evacuations.

As the storm barreled in from the Pacific, power was cut across most of the eastern island of Samar and nearby Leyte province, including Tacloban City, considered ground zero of the devastating super typhoon Haiyan last year.

Local radio reported at least two people were killed in Eastern Samar, that could not be confirmed by officials.

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