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Over 3 lakh evacuated as Typhoon Kammuri hits Philippines

The powerful storm, which blew in windows and sheared off roofs, roared ashore and was due to pass south of Manila – home to some 13 million people. 

Forecasters said Kammuri remained strong, with sustained winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour, and maximum gusts of 235 kmph as it tracked northwest. 

Over 3 lakh people had been evacuated from their homes in the central Bicol region. 

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.