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Red Cross sends 28 food trucks to help typhoon victims

The International Committee of the Red Cross has sent 28 trucks loaded with food for those affected by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines:

Flooding and power cuts as Typhoon Hagupit hits

Streets were flooded and entire regions lost all means of communication in the Philippines today as Typhoon Hagupit swept across the country.

Strong winds and waves brought by Typhoon Hagupit pound the seawall in Legazpi City Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

More than a million people fled to shelters away from the coastline and landslide-prone villages and sought refuge in local evacuation centres.

According to Reuters, local radio had reported that at least four people were killed in Eastern Samar and Iloilo but this was unconfirmed by officials.

Volcanic rocks are washed onto a main road during a flash flood brought by Typhoon Hagupit Credit: REUTERS/Stringer


Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall

Typhoon Hagupit, known locally as Ruby, has made landfall.

The country's official Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration reported the arrival of the storm on its twitter feed.

Intense rain as typhoon sweeps across Philippines

Intense rain and strong winds are starting to sweep across the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit prepares to make landfall.

Waves, brought by Typhoon Hagupit, hit the concrete barrier along the Boulevard Seaport in Surigao City, southern Philippines Credit: REUTERS/Erwin Frames

Strong winds have already felled trees in the east of the country as the storm threatens to leave a wave of destruction in its wake.

Power has been cut across most of the central Philippine island of Samar and nearby Leyte province, with a local official saying "the wind is blowing so strongly, it's like it is whirling."


Concerns evacuation centres in Philippines 'not safe'

More than half a million people have taken shelter in evacuation centres across the Philippines as the country braces for Typhoon Hagupit, but the buildings they fled to may not be safe according to an international relief agency.

Residents take shelter in the central Philippines after evacuating their houses due to typhoon Hagupit Credit: REUTERS/Rowel Montes

Refugees International told Reuters: "A damage assessment of designated evacuation centres in typhoon-affected areas indicated that in some places - such as Eastern Samar, where Hagupit is headed - less than 10 percent of evacuation centres were likely to withstand future typhoons."

Half a million people take shelter as typhoon approaches

More than 616,000 people have fled from low-lying villages and landslide-prone areas in the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit sweeps towards the eastern coast of the country today.

According to the national disaster agency people are taking shelter in schools, civic centres, town halls, gyms and churches as the storm approaches.

Typhoon Hagupit has been downgraded to the category just below 'super typhoon' but is still expected to bring torrential rain and potentially disastrous storm surges of up to 4.5 meters.

Soldiers and volunteers prepare relief goods, to be delivered before Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall Credit: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Satellite images show typhoon approaching Philippines

Satellite images from the Philippines' official meteorological organisation show the progress of Typhoon Hagupit as it approaches the island nation.

The eye of the storm appears to be headed towards Legaspi Credit: PAGASA

The eye of the storm, known locally as Ruby, appears to be headed towards the Legaspi area, according to images published by PAGASA (the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services).

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo has warned people to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

Satellite images show the storm approach the island nation Credit: PAGASA
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