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Typhoon Rammasun Slams Philippines

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Typhoon Rammasun, named after a thunder god, struck the Philippines yesterday, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, toppling trees and power lines and causing floods and blackouts. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools. Residents and officials have now begun clearing debris, reconnecting power and rebuilding flattened houses. The typhoon, locally known as Glenda, killed at least 38 people, with another eight still missing, rescue officials said. [26 photos]

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Fishing boats battered by heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) as it hit the town of Imus, Cavite southwest of Manila, on July 16, 2014. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools on Wednesday as typhoon Rammasun gathered strength and hit the capital, Manila. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
Fishing boats battered by heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) as it hit the town of Imus, Cavite southwest of Manila, on July 16, 2014. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools on Wednesday as typhoon Rammasun gathered strength and hit the capital, Manila. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
People take cover under a tree after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun in metro Manila on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
A fisherman's house in the middle of a fish pen, pounded by waves, heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun as it hit the coastal town of Bacoor, Cavite on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A fisherman secures his boat as Typhoon Rammasun hits the coastal town of Imus on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Residents carry their belongings as Typhoon Rammasun hit the town of Imus on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A fisherman's house leans heavily in the winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun in the town of Bacoor, Cavite, on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A motorcyclist falls along a main road after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun battered the capital, metro Manila, on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
A father and his son evacuate to safer grounds as Typhoon Rammasun battered Manila, Philippines, on July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
Vehicle traverse a road littered by debris from fallen trees brought by strong winds as Typhoon Rammasun hit Paranaque, Metro Manila, on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Squatter homes partially destroyed by strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun in the town of Bacoor, on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Typhoon victims stand outside their homes damaged by Typhoon Rammasun in a village of sea gypsies, also known as Badjaos, in Batangas city, south of Manila, on July 17, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A fire volunteer rescues women and children at the onslaught of typhoon Rammasun in Manila on July 16, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
Residents gather recyclable materials amidst debris brought by Typhoon Rammasun, along the seashore of the coastal town of Baseco compound, metro Manila, on July 17, 2014. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
People work around damaged houses along the coastal area after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun in metro Manila on July 17, 2014. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
A delivery truck negotiates flooded roads as Typhoon Rammasun hit suburban Navotas, north of Manila, on July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
A resident carries a tank of gas as he negotiates a flooded area while Typhoon Rammasun neared suburban Quezon city, Philippines on July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
A Filipino resident takes pictures using her smartphone outside a flooded village as Typhoon Rammasun struck suburban Quezon city on July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Residents dry their clothes amongst fallen banana trees, in Tanuan town, Batangas City, southwest of Manila, on July 17, 2014, a day after Typhoon Rammasun barreled through Manila and nearby provinces. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images) #
A worker clears debris on a bridge destroyed during the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas city on July 17, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A huge tree crushed a car during Typhoon Rammasun in Makati city in Manila on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Mark DeMayo) #
Residents carry plastic containers of potable water as they wade through debris and mud brought by Typhoon Rammasun in a coastal village of sea gypsies, also known as Badjaos, in Batangas city on July 17, 2014. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
People walk among debris and a boat destroyed by strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun in metro Manila on July 16, 2014. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
A Filipino boy tries to sweep floating debris from their flooded home after Typhoon Rammasun battered suburban Quezon city on July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Filipino children play with a bathtub along flooded roads as Typhoon Rammasun hits suburban Navotas, Philippines on July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Filipinos shelter under umbrellas during a downpour a day after strong winds from Typhoon Rammasun downed power lines in suburban Quezon city on July 17, 2014. Parts of the capital and some provinces remain without power, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Filipino vendors arrange fruits as they use candles to illuminate them a day after strong winds from Typhoon Rammasun damaged power facilities in Quezon city on July 17, 2014. Parts of the capital and some provinces remain without power after Typhoon Rammasun barreled through northern Philippines leaving dozens of people dead and forcing more than half a million people to flee its lethal wind and rains, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #

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