Philippines' Manila airport to suspend operations due to typhoon

Thousands Evacuated in Philippines As Typhoon Kammuri Nears - Reports

70,000 people flee to evacuation shelters as Typhoon Kammuri barrels towards the Philippines

The Philippines evacuated 200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas due to fears of flooding and landslides and said it would also shut its main worldwide airport as a powerful typhoon was set to make landfall on Monday night.

Forecasters predict the typhoon will make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday hundreds of kilometres southeast of the capital, with intense rains and potent wind gusts of up to 185km per hour.

More than 60,000 people were asked to leave their homes in Bicol region, authorities said.

The Typhoon Kammuri is expected to ravage the Bicol region first and then sweep across the capital city of Manila, which is now hosting the Southeast Asian Games.

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Most of those evacuated live in coastal areas and low-lying places where flash floods and landslides are possible due to heavy rains that will be brought by the typhoon.

The Philippines government has moved 200,000 people from coastal and mountainous areas over fears of flooding and landslides as a powerful typhoon hit dozens of provinces.

The country's deadliest cyclone on record was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,300 people dead or missing in 2013.

Some events at the Southeast Asian Games, which opened on Saturday, have been cancelled or re-scheduled.

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"The proper timing of when to postpone them (events) is decided by the technical delegate or the one that is in charge of the sport", said Celso Dayrit, SEA Games Executive Committee Chairman.

Organisers did not elaborate on the broader contingency plans or the decision making process, but cited the example of how an indoor event could be impacted.

'For example, basketball or volleyball, normally if there are typhoons, which has been done, the competition continues if necessary but without spectators, ' he said.

The storm is the latest trouble for the SEA Games, which saw a series of transport snafus and a rush of last-minute construction ahead of the opening.

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There are around 10,000 athletes and officials from 11 South-east Asian nations, along with another 12,000 volunteers. Organisers hope more than 500 million viewers will tune in on TV.

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