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Typhoon Nesat kills at least 20 in the Philippines

As the clean-up begins in the Philippines, the death toll from the storm has risen to 20 people, while another 35 are still unaccounted for.

THE DEATH TOLL from the powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines yesterday has risen to 20.

The BBC reports that Typhoon Nesat is now on its way to China and will reach Hainan Island tomorrow evening or early Friday.

In the Philippines, the clean-up operations have started with emergency services and residents working to restore electricity and resume normal life in the capital Manila.

On Tuesday, the mighty storm slammed Manila and the main island of Luzon, unleashing floodwaters and fierce winds of up to 150km/h. According to the BBC, most deaths occurred in and around the capital.

Another 35 people are unaccounted for, said the Philippine disaster agency. About 108 people were rescued from the floodwaters as residents and local authorities responded quickly – forcing evacuations of low-lying areas and setting up temporary shelters in safer grounds.

Clean-up

Electricity is gradually being restored in the centre of the city and the Metro services have also resumed today.

Large areas of the city are now covered with fallen bamboo, litter and other debris, while other parts are still flooded, which is slowing down the clean-up and rescue operations.

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Mayor Santiago Austria of Jaen, a rice-farming town of 63,000 people in northern Nueva Ecija province, pleaded for boats to rescue villagers from their swamped communities and bring them to evacuation centres. Sporadic rains continue to pound his town, he said.

On Monday, Manila held two-year commemorations for the nearly 500 people killed during a 2009 cyclone. Some residents acted more quickly this time to evacuate homes as waters rose. People escaped the swelling river by flocking to schools and other temporary evacuation sites.

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    Workers bring down a giant billboard as strong winds from Typhoon Nesat blow in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila. AP Photo/Aaron Favila
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    Residents living beside a swollen river walk through floods in Navotas, north of Manila. AP Photo/Aaron Favila
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    A mother flees her home with her baby to evacuate to safer grounds. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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    Commuters wade through the flooded boulevard. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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    Residents evacuate to safety as typhoon Nesat batters Manila and the country's main Luzon island. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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    Residents arrive at an evacuation center after fleeing their homes at the height of the typhoon. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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    Rescuers remove a piece of metal as they try to recover the bodies of four victims when a concrete wall collapsed. AP Photo/Pat Roque
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    A man strugglers with his bike as strong winds hit. AP Photo/Pat Roque
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    A rescuer sits on his boat as he monitors the rising flood water. AP Photo/Pat Roque
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    Rescuers assist a man carrying the body of his newly born child for the wake on a higher ground as Typhoon Nesat flooded the area in suburban San Mateo town, east of Manila. AP Photo/Pat Roque
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    Manila residents waded through waist-deep floodwaters, dodging branches and flying debris as Typhoon Nesat sent surging waves crashing over seawalls and submerging entire neighbourhoods. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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    A group of onlookers gather by the seawall as strong waves brought about by the typhoon surge high in Manila. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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    Debris litter near the seawall at the scenic Roxas boulevard in Manila. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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    Residents carry a pig through a flooded street in eastern Manila. AP Photo/Pat Roque
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    Ramon Fabros pours muddy water out of their house as he starts cleaning. AP Photo/Pat Roque
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    A group of men remove the mud from the alley as they start the clean up after floodwater receded today. AP Photo/Pat Roque
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    Wilma Pempena right, starts cleaning their house after floodwater receded, as her husband Ronnie and their son repair their house damage. AP Photo/Pat Roque

-Additional reporting by AP

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