Death toll in Philippine Typhoon Kammuri up to 13

By Eudore R. Chand

MANILA 6 December 2019: The death toll from Typhoon Kammuri that hit provinces south of the Philippine capital rose to 13, officials said on Thursday, as authorities confirmed reports of storm-related deaths.

Kammuri’s fierce winds toppled trees and flattened flimsy homes across a swathe of the nation’s north on Tuesday, and forced a rare 12-hour shutdown of Manila’s international airport.

According to the National Disaster Agency, the storm damaged 135 schools and destroyed nearly 1,200 homes, with crop damage in the hardest hit areas estimated to reach nearly $16 million, said Wam.

The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons each year, killing hundreds and putting people in disaster-prone areas in a state of constant poverty.

Residents evacuate their area in preparation for the coming of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi, Albay province, southeast of Manila, Philippines on Monday Dec. 2, 2109. The Philippines’ main island, including the national capital, Manila, is under a tropical cyclone warning for a typhoon forecast to hit Monday night into Tuesday. (AP Photo)

4.5 quake hits north China, no casualties reported

BEIJING: A 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit Fengnan District, Tangshan city, north China’s Hebei Province, at 8:02 am Thursday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, CENC.

“The epicentre was monitored at 39.31 degrees north latitude and 118.04 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 10 km,” according to Chinese state news agency, Xinhua.

Strong tremors were felt in the nearby regions but no casualties have been reported so far.