Typhoon Hagupit Downs Power Lines, Damages Homes in Philippines

MARLON TANO/AFP/Getty Images(MANILA, Philippines) — Three deaths and lots of damage have been reported as the powerful typhoon Hagupit batters the Philippines.

Nearly 900,000 people fled to emergency shelters and higher ground.

Holly Frew, with the group CARE in Manila, noted seeing “Lots of downed power lines, no electricity, fallen trees, damage to some of the houses. There’s some houses that’ve been washed out along with coastal areas, and significant flooding.”

Frew says aid workers are having a hard time reaching communities that were the first to be hit by the storm.

“The Philippines is an archipelago of islands which in times of disaster, like these kinds of storms, access to the people can be very difficult,” Frew said.

It was a little over a year ago that Typhoon Haiyan flattened parts of the Philippines, killing thousands.

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