Typhoon Kammuri closes Manila airport

A powerful typhoon is threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines

Thousands Evacuated in Philippines As Typhoon Kammuri Nears - Reports

The Philippines has evacuated 200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas due to fears of flooding and landslides, saying it would also shut its main worldwide airport as a powerful typhoon made landfall.

The Philippines is now hosting thousands of athletes from the region for the Southeast Asia Games which are set to run through December 11.

Residents evacuate their area in preparation for the coming of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi, Albay province, southeast of Manila, Philippines on Monday Dec. 2, 2109.

By Sunday afternoon, more than 3,000 people were in evacuation centers, mostly in schools and gymnasiums in Camarines Norte, the disaster management office of the province said.

'A lot of trees fell. Manila's global airport was closing during the expected peak of the typhoon's effects at midday, with flights cancelled or diverted.

It was not clear when flights would resume, but authorities gave an estimate of 11:00 pm (1500 GMT) Tuesday and said their decision would depend on the weather.

Almost 500 flights were cancelled earlier in the day, impacting around 100,000 passengers, and officials warned people not to come to the airport. Some travelers found themselves stranded in the terminal building.

Constance Benoit, 23, was hit with a almost day-long delay to her flight back home to Canada.

Airline staff hold placards announcing the cancellation of flights at the terminal one of the Manila worldwide airport hours before the deadline of the closure of the airport due to Typhoon Kammuri. " Windsurfing has been canceled until we have a more accurate picture of the weather", Ramon Agregado, the organizing committee's head of the Subic cluster of venues, told AFP. "I just discovered what airsickness is".

More than 60,000 people were asked to leave their homes in Bicol region, authorities said.

The 20th storm to enter the Philippines this year is following a track similar to typhoon Rammasun in July 2014, which killed 106 people in the southeast Asian country and damaged properties worth 38.6 billion pesos.

The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 typhoons each year, and the most destructive ones tend to come from October.

Kammuri is already affecting plans for the SEA Games, which opened on Saturday and is set to run through to Dec 11.

The typhoon forced the Games' organisers to reschedule about half of the events set for yesterday, but they pledged the competition would finish on time.

The storm is the latest trouble for the Games, which saw a series of transport snafus and a rush of last-minute construction ahead of the opening.

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