July 16 2014 at 08:57am, Manila – A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation of more than 370 000 people, shutting financial markets, offices and schools, rescue officials said on Wednesday.

The eye of Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, passed to the south of Manila on Wednesday after cutting a path across the main island of Luzon, toppling trees and power lines and causing electrocutions and widespread blackouts.

Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, said there was minimal damage in the capital, but staff were trying to rescue people trapped by fallen debris in Batangas City to the south, where two people were electrocuted.

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