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At least 11 dead in Typhoon Kammuri

Typhoon Kammuri has left at least 11 people dead and displaced nearly half a million people in the Philippines, police and disaster relief officials said on Wednesday.

Dozens of houses and other infrastructure, including an airport, were damaged by Kammuri's ferocious winds, which blew off rooftops and shattered windows.

The dead included three people who drowned in floods in the eastern provinces of Sorsogon and Camarines Sur, while four people were hit by falling trees in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Leyte, police said.

Two men died after suffering heart attacks in Oriental Mindoro, one was electrocuted in Camarines Sur, and another victim died from an unknown cause in an evacuation centre in Sorsogon province, police added.

Kammuri weakened into a tropical storm as it moved away from the Philippines, the weather bureau said in its latest bulletin.

The storm was now packing maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 125km/h.

It was moving west-north-west and was forecast to be out of the country by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, the bureau added.

Kammuri forced 495,408 people to flee their homes in the affected areas, mostly in the eastern region of Bicol and surrounding provinces, the national disaster risk reduction office said.

More than 520 local and international flights were cancelled due to the closure of Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport for 12 hours on Tuesday.

The airport has re-opened and authorities said that they hoped flight operations would be normalised on Wednesday.

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