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At least 10 killed and 150,000 forced to evacuate as typhoon hits Philippines

At least 10 killed and 150,000 forced to evacuate as typhoon hits Philippines

A typhoon has killed at least five people as it churned across the Philippines and hit just south of the capital, prompting the evacuation of almost more than 150,000 people, shutting financial markets, offices and schools, reports Al Jazeera according to rescue officials.

The eye of Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, passed to the south of Manila on Wednesday after cutting a path across the main island of Luzon, toppling trees and power lines and causing electrocutions and widespread blackouts.

An official with the Philippines' disaster management office confirmed to Al Jazeera that at least 10 people have been killed.

"The wind is very strong, stronger than the rains. It's something that I've never experienced in the past," Mark Leviste, vice governor of Batangas province, south of the capital, said in a radio interview.

Typhoon Rammasun was gusting up to 185kph on Wednesday with sustained winds of 150kph near its centre.

Source: Al Jazeera / Photos: Media