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Images Show The Devastation As Another Typhoon Pummels The Philippines

Heavy rain and floods reached 13 feet high after the powerful Melor swept across the country.
Hundreds of ferries and fishing boats were ordered to remain in port, stranding an estimated 8,000 people, after Ty
Hundreds of ferries and fishing boats were ordered to remain in port, stranding an estimated 8,000 people, after Typhoon Melor hit.

A strong typhoon struck the central Philippines Monday, forcing some 750,000 people to evacuate from their homes and disrupting dozens of transport plans.

Typhoon Melor, known locally as Nona, first made landfall in the small eastern island of Batag with winds of up to 95 miles per hour. Heavy rain and floods reached 13 feet high, the Associated Press reported.

Some 40 domestic flights were grounded and hundreds of ferries and fishing boats were ordered to remain in port -- leaving an estimated 8,000 people stranded across the country, Reuters reports. The Philippines national disaster management agency confirmed many schools had closed.

No casualties had been recorded so far, Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon told the BBC Monday morning. Photographs and videos show government and aid organizations opening evacuation shelters and providing relief goods. The Red Cross posted instructions on Twitter on how residents can stay safe from storms.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration forecasts the typhoon will continue its sweep across the country on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Melor follows the same path as that of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed over 5,000 people in November 2013. About 20 major typhoons hit the nation composed of 7,107 islands every year.

  • Military personnel evacuate residents from a village in the central Philippine city of Legazpi.
    Charism Sayat/AFP/Getty Images
    Military personnel evacuate residents from a village in the central Philippine city of Legazpi.
  • A resident walks past big waves spilling over a wall onto a coastal road in the city of Legaspi in Albay province, south of M
    CHARISM SAYAT via Getty Images
    A resident walks past big waves spilling over a wall onto a coastal road in the city of Legaspi in Albay province, south of Manila. 
  • A resident walks past waves spilling over a wall onto a coastal road in Legazpi.
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    A resident walks past waves spilling over a wall onto a coastal road in Legazpi.
  • Soldiers evacuate residents from a village in Legazpi.
    Charism Sayat/AFP/Getty Images
    Soldiers evacuate residents from a village in Legazpi.

 

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