Typhoon Hagupit: Powerful pictures show the extent of the storm's devastation

Three people have been confirmed dead and nearly 9,000 took to shelters

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The Independent Online

Typhoon Hagupit has knocked out power and left at least three people dead as nearly 900,000 people fled to shelters in central Philippines.

Lessons learned from last year have avoided the mass deaths seen after Typhoon Haiyan, which killed over 7,000 people.

But Hagupit has still caused fatalities; two people, including a baby girl, died of hypothermia in central Iloilo province on Saturday at the height of the Typhoon. Another person died after being hit by a falling tree in the eastern town of Dolores, according to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

The typhoon, which made landfall in Eastern Samar late Saturday, was moving slowly, dumping heavy rain that could possibly trigger landslides and flash floods.

Police reportedly had orders to arrest anyone who would not evacuate to emergency shelters before Hagupit hit. Now that the immediate danger from the Typhoon has subsided in some provinces however, displaced villagers have been asked to return home from emergency shelters.

Some 12,000 villagers will remain in the shelters as they face further threat from a restive volcano near their homes.