A powerful typhoon struck the Philippines on Tuesday, December 3rd killing two and halting hundreds of flights as the capital Manila shut down its international airport over safety concerns, AFP has reported.
Typhoon Kammuri, with winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour, and maximum gusts of 205 kph, shattered windows and roofs late on Monday and was due to pass south of Manila, home to some 13 million.
"A lot of trees fell... There were a lot of roofs flying during the typhoon, too," said Junie Castillo, a disaster officer in one of the areas first hit. "We have yet to quantify the extent of the damage."
A 33-year-old man was electrocuted Monday while trying to fix his home’s roof ahead of the storm's arrival, police said.
"We've seen a great improvement in local government management of preparations for disasters," Reuters has quoted disaster agency spokesman Mark Timbal.
The strong winds led to the closure of Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport, according to airport authority general manager Ed Monreal.
Nearly 500 flights were postponed indefinitely, and some 100,000 people impacted by a rare precautionary closure of all four terminals at Manila's main airport for 12 hours until 11:00 p.m. Tuesday (1500 GMT). However, air travel continued in unaffected areas of the country.