Thousands evacuated as Typhoon Rammasun shuts down Philippine capital. Paul Chapman reports.
Typhoon Rammasun is the strongest to hit the Philippines this year. Its arrival in Manila with winds gusting up to 185 kilometres an hour brought with it power cuts and storm surges to Manila Bay. Nearly 150, 000 people have been evacuated from their homes in low-lying and coastal areas. It's also force the closure of government offices, schools, businesses and financial markets on Wednesday. Dozens of international and domestic flights have been cancelled. The Metro Manila Development Authority says it's doing everything it can to get the city back on its feet quickly. (SOUNDBITE)(English) METRO MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN FRANCIS TOLENTINO SAYING: "Clean-up operations would be number one, restoration of some facilities would be a priority, plus evacuating and looking at lessons learned here." One person was killed by a falling electricity pole as the typhoon arrived on the east coast on Tuesday. The storm'sexpected to bring heavy to intense rainfall up to 30 millimetres an hour within a 500 kilometre radius.