Typhoon kills 38 in battered Philippines

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A typhoon has blasted through the northern Philippines, leaving at least 38 people dead and forcing more than half a million to flee.

Most businesses, shops and banks in Manila reopened a day after Typhoon Rammasun moved on, but schools remained closed as workers cleaned up debris littering roads around the capital.

The eye of the typhoon made a late shift away from Manila after its peak winds of 93mph and gusts up to 115mph toppled trees and electricity posts and ripped off roofs across the capital.

Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, said at least 38 people died in the storm and 10 were reported missing.

Authorities said most of casualties were hit by falling trees or concrete walls or by flying debris.

Mr Pama added that the typhoon destroyed over 7,000 houses and damaged more than 19,000, and at least £8m in crops and livestock were lost.

Meanwhile, heavy rains killed at least 18 people in southern China as it braced itself for the arrival of Rammasun, with gales expected to reach up speeds of up to 90mph.