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Philippines: Typhoon Phanfone strands over 25,000 people

Christian Fernsby |
Typhoon Phanfone pummelled the central Philippines bringing a wet and miserable holiday season to millions.

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Thousands were stranded at shuttered ports or evacuation centres at the height of the festive season and residents cowered in rain-soaked homes as Phanfone leapt from one small island to another for the second day.[break]

The typhoon toppled houses and trees and blacked out cities in the Philippines' most storm-prone region, but no deaths were reported.

Though weaker, Phanfone was tracking a similar path as Super Typhoon Haiyan, the country's deadliest cyclone on record which left more than 7,300 people dead or missing in 2013.

More than 10,000 people spent the night in schools, gyms and government buildings hastily converted into evacuation centres as the typhoon made landfall Tuesday, civil defence officials said.

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