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At least 1 dead, 730,000 displaced as ‘Nona’ slams PH

/ 11:44 AM December 15, 2015
Residents while away their time at an evacuation center in Legazpi city, central Philippines as Typhoon Melor slammed into the eastern Philippines, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of residents fled their homes as Typhoon Melor slammed into the eastern Philippines, where flood- and landslide-prone communities are bracing for destructive winds, heavy rains and coastal floods of up to 4 meters (13 feet), officials said Monday. AP PHOTO

Residents while away their time at an evacuation center in Legazpi city, central Philippines as Typhoon Melor slammed into the eastern Philippines, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of residents fled their homes as Typhoon Melor slammed into the eastern Philippines, where flood- and landslide-prone communities are bracing for destructive winds, heavy rains and coastal floods of up to 4 meters (13 feet), officials said Monday. AP PHOTO

At least one person has been reported killed at the onslaught of Typhoon “Nona” (international name: Melor), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Tuesday.

The first casualty from Northern Samar was identified as Pascual Ausente, 31, who died from multiple lacerations after being hit by a flying roof.

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Nona first made landfall in Northern Samar midday Monday. It made three more landfalls after in Bulusan, Sorsogon; Burias Island; and Banton, Romblon.

The typhoon evacuated 162,729 families or 733,150 persons from the regions of Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Bicol, Western and Eastern Visayas.

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Nona cancelled dozens of domestic flights due to inclement weather. It also suspended classes in the regions of Calabarzon, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The typhoon dumped heavy rains, damaging roads and bridges and toppled power and communication lines in several provinces in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The NDRRMC also reported 7,366 passengers and 75 vessels stranded in ports due to rough sea conditions.

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