700,000 flee as powerful typhoon slams Philippines

This December 14, 20115 NASA satellite image shows Typhoon Melor over the Philippines. More than 700,000 people in the central Philippines fled to safer areas for fear of giant waves, floods or landslides as Typhoon Melor slammed into the archipelago nation December 14, officials said. Melor brushed the northern tip of Samar, a farming island of 1.5 million people, early December 14 with winds gusting up to 185 kilometres (115 miles) per hour, the state weather bureau said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: “AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA”/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == / AFP / NASA / –

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