3 Dead from Typhoon in the Central Philippines, Manila Gears Up for Major Hit

Residents walk in a flooded street after Typhoon Hagupit made landfall, in Borongan city, Samar island, Philippines. (Photo: Francis R. Malasig, European Pressphoto Agency)
Residents walk in a flooded street after Typhoon Hagupit made landfall, in Borongan city, Samar island, Philippines.
(Photo: Francis R. Malasig, European Pressphoto Agency)

Schools, government offices and stock markets were closed Monday as a weakened Typhoon Hagupit approached the Philippines capital.

The typhoon known locally as Ruby was forecast to pass close to Manila Monday evening, bringing heavy rains.

At least three people were confirmed dead after the typhoon slammed into the Philippines on Sunday. Officials advised that some areas have not yet re-established communications to report on damage or injuries.

The storm knocked out power but caused far less damage than feared after last year’s devastation from a massive typhoon.

The typhoon made landfall in Eastern Samar late Saturday and was moving slowly, dumping heavy rain that could possibly trigger landslides and flash floods.

Two people, including a baby girl, died of hypothermia in central Iloilo province Saturday at the height of the typhoon, disaster-response agency chief Alexander Pama said. Another person died after being hit by a falling tree in the eastern town of Dolores, where the typhoon first made landfall, according to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Philippine national police said additional officers were being sent to the storm damage areas to maintain law and order. The government said relief supplies were being sent.

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Source: USA Today | Sunshine Lichauco de Leon