Philippines: Typhoon Goni leaves trail of destruction

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Ten people have been killed as Typhoon Goni dumped torrential rain in the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods, officials say.

Several were killed when houses were submerged under rocks and mud. Others are reported missing in flooded areas.

Thousands of people have been evacuated to higher ground and some domestic flights were cancelled.

At one point, Typhoon Goni was packing winds of winds of up to 195km/h (121mph).

However it weakened as it moved northward off Taiwan's east coast, AFP news agency said.

media captionTyphoons are threatening parts of Taiwan and Japan, while a tropical storm tracks across the Caribbean. Tomasz Schafernaker has the latest details.

It is the ninth of an average of 20 that hit the Philippines each year, the country's weather bureau said.

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image captionTyphoon Goni brought heavy rains for three days, without making landfall in the Phillipines
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image captionIn places roads were closed or became impassable
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image captionAlready drenched mountains areas were battered by strong winds, becoming vulnerable to landslips and mudslides
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image captionAlthough most of the danger is thought to have passed, evacuation centres are still housing some 4,000 people
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image captionTaiwan was braced for the storm as it made its way towards southern Japan, where high wave and strong wind warnings have been issued.

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