Super Typhoon Rai Kills 3 in the Philippines, Floods Villages

The Philippine national disaster agency confirmed three people had died and two others injured as super typhoon Rai, known locally as Odette, continued to wreak havoc across the Philippines on Friday.

Typhoon Rai, one of the most powerful tropical storms of the year, slammed into the southeastern part of the Philippines on Thursday, bringing heavy rains and flooding that displaced thousands of people.

Presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said more than 330,000 people had evacuated high-risk villages, and around 15,000 of them had sheltered in evacuation centers.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said Rai ravaged the city for several hours, causing “severe” damage.

“The wind was very strong. Everything sustained damage — roofs blown off, access roads blocked by landslides,” Matugas said.

According to the Philippines storm warning agency, Rai’s wind speeds had eased to 96 miles an hour by Friday, and the eye of the storm was in the vicinity of the island province of Palawan, moving westward towards the South China Sea. 

Officials were still assessing the damage caused by the typhoon, and the death toll was expected to rise.

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