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Philippines typhoon kills 12, causes widespread damage

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Typhoon Nari has caused widespread destruction in the northern Philippines, destroying buildings, killing 12 people and leaving more than two million without power.

Nari struck the country's east coast around midnight (1600 GMT on Friday), toppling trees and pylons as it cut a westward swathe through the farming regions of the main island of Luzon, officials said.

Security officials said that while few casualties were reported, many areas are still flooded while witnesses claimed that the areas where Nari made landfall are littered with fallen trees.

As Nari moved inland, dumping rain, a wall of mud fell on a police barracks near the town of Magalang, killing an officer awaiting deployment to rescue typhoon victims, the civil defence office in the region said.

Elsewhere in central Luzon, an old woman and four minors were crushed to death when trees crashed onto two houses and a vehicle, while the wall of a school collapsed and crushed an old man to death. Another man was electrocuted by a loose power line while yet another died of a heart attack in an incident that disaster officials also blamed on Nari.

Two children and an elderly person drowned in the province of Bulacan, which suffered widespread flooding, Wilhelmino Alvarado, the provincial governor, told ABS-CBN television in an interview.

Soldiers, police, and local government workers used military lorries to rescue residents in flooded communities across the towns of San Miguel and Minalin, the regional civil defence office there said.

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