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At least four people dead in the Philippines following Typhoon Goni

At least four casualties have been reported as Typhoon Goni hits the Philippines which has been the strongest typhoon of the year.

The winds, with sustained speeds of 225km/h and gusts of up to 310km/h, ripped off roofs, toppled trees and triggered flash floods.

The typhoon began at Catanduanes Island and then travelled across the southern end of Luzon and then towards Manila.

The four people killed, which included a five-year-old child, were in the Albay province. One of the victims was killed by a falling tree, two victims drowned and another victim was swept away by volcanic mud.

According to Civil Defence Chief Ricardo Jalad, 346,993 people have been evacuated so far.

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