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Thousands flee as yet another typhoon menaces Philippines

Christian Fernsby |
Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in storm battered parts of the Philippines as the third typhoon in as many weeks barrelled towards the country.

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Vamco was expected to graze Catanduanes Island which was devastated by Typhoon Goni less than two weeks ago before making landfall on the most populous island of Luzon later Wednesday or early Thursday.

Destructive winds and torrential rain were expected in parts of central and southern Luzon, the state weather forecaster said.

About 50,000 people living in the typhoon's path would be ordered to leave their homes, said regional Civil Defense spokesman Gremil Alexis Naz.

The Bicol region, which Vamco will cross as it heads towards Manila, is still reeling from deadly typhoons Molave and Goni, which killed dozens of people and left thousands of families homeless.

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