Thousands flee their homes as Nock-Ten typhoon hits the Philippines on Christmas

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Reports from weather officials show no evidence of casualties or immediate damage caused by the storm except for cutting off electricity to millions. However, the true extent of the damage is probably still unknown as darkness has now fallen. Close to 100k people from the Catanduanes province, coasts, and the nearby Bicol peninsula were moved in order to prevent any harm, according to provincial officials.

According to a member of Bicol’s civil defence office ‘Most of the region is without electricity’ and residents stayed in the dark. Power lines and communication have been cut in Catanduanes too. Improvised evacuation centres have however helped residents from many affected regions who found shelter and safety. Although the typhoon is expected to blow itself out it is currently heading in the direction of China.

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