MANILA (Xinhua) – At least 2,000 families have been evacuated in six provinces in central Philippines as tropical storm Mekkhala, locally known as Amang, battered the country, the state disaster management agency said on Sunday.
The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ( NDRRMC) said earlier that a 27-year-old volunteer worker died after being hit by a soundbox due to a collapsed scaffolding caused by heavy winds brought by the storm in central Philippine city of Tacloban on Saturday shortly after Pope Francis presided over a mass.
At least 26 domestic flights were also cancelled due to bad weather. In addition, 11,600 passengers were stranded in eight regions due to rough sea condition.
Power supply was also cut in at least six provinces in the Visayas region.
The tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph near the centre and gusts of up to 100 mph.
Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas of central provinces were alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.