In Central Philippines, 9 Killed As Storm Cause lawlessness

Residents are seen among debris and damaged houses after strong winds and heavy rains brought by typhoon Melor battered Barcelona town, Sorsogon province, central Philippines December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Renelyn Loquinario

Nine people were killed and hundreds spent the night pile on their roofs in the central Philippines as floods generated by a powerful typhoon deluge villages.

Typhoon Melor had paralysed the capital, Manila, by late Tuesday, with floodwaters chest-deep in some areas break train services and causing traffic gridlock on major roads. Five people were listed as missing.

The typhoon, known locally as Nona, was about 150 km northwest of Mindoro island, just to the south of Manila, with winds at its centre of 130 kph.

Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali said in a radio interview four people were killed in what he stated as one of the stronger typhoons to hit the shire in years.

Another five people were killed in Northern Samar, where Melor first made landfall further south. About 90 percent of the shire was affected.

Many people will spend Christmas in outturn centres without power and potable water.

Thousands of lightly raise houses had been lower to “matchsticks”.

It may take three to four months to restore power in the shire after power lines and electricity posts were toppled by strong winds.

Five fishermen were missing in Albay gulf on the heavily manned main island of Luzon.

About 120 domestic flights were determine and nearly 200 ferry services were stop.

The storm forced the outturn of about 800,000 people to shelters. Another storm is required to hit the southern Philippines later this week.

An average of 20 typhoons pass through the Philippines each year. In 2013, typhoon Haiyan kill more than 6,300 people and left 1.4 million homeless in the central Philippines.