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Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2013

Typhoon Labuyo leaves a path of destruction as it leaves the Philippines

Typhoon Labuyo (International name Utor) plowed through the northern and mountainous provinces of Luzon leaving in its wake a path of destruction.

Heavy winds and torrential downpours triggered flooding, landslides and plenty of damage.

Destruction from Typhoon Labuyo Image/Video Screen Shot

Destruction from Typhoon Labuyo
Image/Video Screen Shot

At least three people are being reported as killed, while dozens of fisherman are missing.

“An increase in the number of casualties is still possible, but we hope that this is already the final list of casualties,” Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said in a press conference.

State weather bureau PAGASA on Monday night lowered all public storm warning signals in the country as the typhoon left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

One of the most dramatic scenes from the storm was caught on video. An ABS-CBN video showed helpless rescue workers watching a woman on a house being swept away down the Cagayan River in Isabela. Her whereabouts are unknown.

Labuyo was the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines so far this year and the most powerful worldwide since Typhoon Jelawat (Lawin) in September 2012 that hit Japan.

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