Strong typhoon batters Philippines; leaves 8 dead

Typhoon Pedring Nesat Philippines Video

At least eight people were killed, most of them in Metro Manila, as Typhoon “Pedring” (international codename: Nesat) smashed the Philippines with its strong winds and heavy rainfall. Among the fatalities were a grandmother and her three grandchildren killed when a wall of a building collapsed on them, the Philippine Star reported.

Thousands of families were also affected in northern provinces. In Zambales, one man was hit by a falling tree, while in Pampanga a child died after their house collapsed, according to a report on Inquirer.net.

“Pedring” prompted the government to shut schools, while airlines canceled about 40 flights to central and eastern parts of the country. The powerful typhoon is expected to continue, before blowing across the South China Sea towards southern China on Thursday.

The Philippines suffers frequent typhoons, about 20 a year, but authorities said “Pedring” was one of the strongest the country had faced this year.

Typhoon ‘Pedring’ hits Philippines [VIDEOS]