/Philippines typhoon: 13 dead and 58,000 evacuated after 93mph Christmas day storm sweeps through island

Philippines typhoon: 13 dead and 58,000 evacuated after 93mph Christmas day storm sweeps through island

AT least 13 people including a 13-year-old boy were killed as a typhoon with wind gusts of 93mph hit the Philippines.

More than 58,000 people were evacuated from their homes as Typhoon Phanfone struck on Tuesday, bringing with it heavy rain and flooding.

 People wade through the flood waters brought in from Typhoon Phanfone

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People wade through the flood waters brought in from Typhoon PhanfoneCredit: EPA
 People sit in a home surrounded by flood waters, with 13 people killed in the storm

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People sit in a home surrounded by flood waters, with 13 people killed in the stormCredit: EPA
 Homes were flattered after gusts of 93mph were recorded in the Philippines from Typhoon Phanfone

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Homes were flattered after gusts of 93mph were recorded in the Philippines from Typhoon PhanfoneCredit: AFP or licensors

Among those killed were a 13-year-old boy who was electrocuted and a man who was killed by a falling tree branch. Another victim was killed in a car crash during the horrific storm.

The Philippine ABS-CBN network also reported a family was killed when they were swept away by a flash flood as they tried to escape.

Dozens are missing.

Photographs across central provinces of Capiz, Iloilo and Leyte show widespread damage, with homes completely destroyed by the 93mph wind gusts and winds of up to 75mph.

 Lamp posts damaged due to Typhoon Phanfone lie on a road in Ormoc City, Leyte

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Lamp posts damaged due to Typhoon Phanfone lie on a road in Ormoc City, LeyteCredit: EPA
 A villager stand next to a damaged home in the typhoon-hit town of Balasan

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A villager stand next to a damaged home in the typhoon-hit town of BalasanCredit: EPA
 Toppled coconut trees rest on top of a home in the typhoon-hit town of Balasan

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Toppled coconut trees rest on top of a home in the typhoon-hit town of BalasanCredit: EPA
 A villager dries her belongings in the sun after the deadly typhoon

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A villager dries her belongings in the sun after the deadly typhoonCredit: EPA

People were forced to wade through the flood waters, while others were pictured taking refuge in their homes surrounded by the rising tides.

More than 58,000 people had been evacuated from their homes before the storm hit on Tuesday.

It then made its way across the Philippines on Wednesday night – moving wast over the South China sea.

Others were left stranded at airports as they tried to get home for Christmas, with buildings around airports including in Kalibo smashed by the winds and water.

Roads have also been left blocked by the flood waters, along with fallen trees and debris.

The typhoon came after nearby regions were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

More than 6,000 people had been killed when the typhoon with winds of more than 193mph swept across the region in November of that year.

The winds made it the most powerful storm to ever hit land.

 People are seen amongst storm debris in Biliran on Boxing Day

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People are seen amongst storm debris in Biliran on Boxing DayCredit: Reuters
 A woman is seen near storm debris after the typhoon swept across the region of Biliran

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A woman is seen near storm debris after the typhoon swept across the region of BiliranCredit: Reuters
 Dozens remain missing after the flash floods

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Dozens remain missing after the flash floodsCredit: Reuters
 More than 58,000 people were evacuated from their homes after the severe weather

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More than 58,000 people were evacuated from their homes after the severe weatherCredit: EPA
 Young men walk through the flood waters after the fatal typhoon hit on Tuesday

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Young men walk through the flood waters after the fatal typhoon hit on TuesdayCredit: EPA
 Homes were destroyed in the heavy rain and flooding

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Homes were destroyed in the heavy rain and floodingCredit: AFP or licensors

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Credit: AFP or licensors
 The typhoon that swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines, with damage seen here at Kalibo International Airport in Kalibo

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The typhoon that swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines, with damage seen here at Kalibo International Airport in KaliboCredit: AFP
 Authorities said more than a dozen people had been killed after the typhoon hit

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Authorities said more than a dozen people had been killed after the typhoon hitCredit: AFP
 Fallen trees and buildings are seen after Typhoon Phanfone swept through Tanauan, Leyte

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Fallen trees and buildings are seen after Typhoon Phanfone swept through Tanauan, LeyteCredit: Reuters
 A fisherman folds a fishing net on Christmas Day as the storm hits

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A fisherman folds a fishing net on Christmas Day as the storm hitsCredit: EPA
 Residents holding umbrellas attend a mass on Christmas day in Bacoor city, Philippines

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Residents holding umbrellas attend a mass on Christmas day in Bacoor city, PhilippinesCredit: EPA

 

 

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