Typhoon Glenda batters Philippines 


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The Independent Online

Typhoon Rammasun, or Glenda, has left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely populated northern provinces from being directly battered when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said.

Still, the typhoon's 93-mile wind and blinding 115-mph gusts, brought down trees, electric posts and ripped off roofs across the capital of 12 million people where government offices and schools were closed. More than 370,000 people moved from high-risk villages to emergency shelters in six provinces.