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Deadly typhoon hits Philippines

Residents wade through floodwaters in the central Philippines
The storm has forced thousands of people to flee their homes

At least 17 people have died and many more are missing after Typhoon Fengshen hit the southern Philippines, causing flash floods and landslides.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from the path of the typhoon.

Gusts of up to 170kph (106mph) have caused much damage in southern and central areas. Many roads are blocked and there are widespread power cuts.

Domestic flights to central regions have been cancelled and inter-island ferry services halted, officials said.

Ten people drowned after a river burst its banks and swept away houses in southern Maguindanao province. Several other people were reported missing by the local authorities.

A landslide has also buried several houses in Cotabato city, also in the south, killing at least two people, officials said.

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Emergency teams rescue those trapped by flood waters




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