Major typhoon grounds Manila flights

Flights have been cancelled as a major typhoon struck the central Philippines.

A reported 200,000 people have been evacuated from coastal and mountainous regions on Luzon Island in the face of Typhoon Kammuri.

Manila international airport was shut for 12 hours from 11am local time today (Tuesday).

The giant storm, which made landfall in Sorsogon province, is reported to have sustained winds of up to 96mph, with stronger gusts

Storm surges of almost 10ft have been forecast.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued an alert to UK travellers warning that Typhoon Kammuri is expected to continue to affect the Philippines until Wednesday, ”although prevailing conditions may shorten or extend this time period”.

The FCO said in updated travel advice: “Many transport links are severely affected.

“Flights from Manila airports have been disrupted and there have been flight cancellations. You should check with your travel company before you travel.

“You should monitor local media and the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for the latest updates.”

Organisers of the Southeast Asian Games have suspended some competitions, including windsurfing, adding that other events would be delayed if necessary.


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