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Typhoon kills 8, renders thousands homeless in Philippines.

MANILA, Sept. 28 Kyodo

Eight people have been killed and thousands rendered homeless by a powerful typhoon that battered the Philippines with heavy rain and strong winds, officials said Thursday.

The officials said the death toll from Typhoon Mileyun, which hit the main island of Luzon from Wednesday to Thursday, could rise as disaster management agencies verify the extent of the damage.

In Manila, a man died when his car was pinned by a giant billboard that collapsed along a main highway. Other deaths were caused by the collapse of walls, they said.

Thousands were stranded due to flashfloods and thousands more were evacuated from their homes, they said.

Packing winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour in the capital, the typhoon blew over trees and electric polls and left debris from buildings strewn around the capital.

The typhoon also caused flight cancellations and the suspension of schools on Luzon. Most offices were closed due to power blackouts.

The typhoon, which was downgraded to a tropical storm later, was the 13th to hit the country this year.
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