Typhoon Nesat batters Philippines main island

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A powerful typhoon has struck the Philippines, triggering floods and cutting power in the capital Manila and throughout the main island, Luzon.

Typhoon Nesat also forced the closure of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the US embassy, and the ground floor of Manila's main hospital was flooded.

At least seven people have been killed, including several children.

As Nesat approached, the authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 100,000 in central Albay province.

The typhoon is expected to continue slowly across the country, before blowing across the South China Sea towards southern China on Thursday.

Kate McGeown reports.

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