At least four people died due to the powerful typhoon that spoiled Christmas Day in parts of the Philippines by destroying houses. According to the officials, the storm roared over a congested region near Manila on Monday with slightly weaker but still-fierce winds, officials said.
Typhoon Nock-Ten, which is locally known as Nina, disrupted power in five provinces at the height of Christmas celebrations and displaced tens of thousands of villagers and travelers in the Philippines.
The police said a farmer died after he was being pinned by a fallen tree in Quezon province while three other people, including a couple, were swept away by flash flood caused due to landfall in Casiguran province on Sunday night.
The typhoon damaged homes, uprooted trees and knocked down communications as it blew westward across mountainous and island provinces. Typhoon Nock-ten forced tens of thousands of people to spend Christmas in crowded and powerless emergency shelters.
Every year, the Philippines is struck by an average of 20 storms and typhoons that routinely kills hundreds of people. Reports said the typhoon was one of the strongest to hit the nation since Typhoon Haiyan that left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced over 5 million in 2014. According to the government's weather agency, seven typhoons have struck the country on Christmas Day in the past 65 years.