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Typhoon Mangkhut strikes: First Philippines' deaths confirmed

Staff Writer |
At least two people have died after a massive Typhoon Mangkhut brought destruction to the northern Philippines.

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Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines' main island of Luzon, and is now moving west towards China.

Almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao sustained some damage, a government official said, and communications were down in places.

More than four million people were in the path of the storm, which packed winds of 185km/h (115mph).

Thousands were evacuated amid warnings of 6m (20ft) storm surges.

In the first confirmed deaths, two rescuers were killed trying to help people trapped in a landslide.

There are unconfirmed reports of casualties in the coastal town of Aparri. The evacuation centre there is said to have been destroyed and phone networks are down.

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