Typhoon pounds the Philippines

More than 25 people have been
killed as a typhoon ripped across the Philippines, sweeping shanties into the
sea and bringing the nation’s capital to a standstill.

Dozens are missing, among them many
fishermen who were caught by the storm’s fury at sea.

Typhoon Conson is the first to lash
the Philippines this year. It flooded parts of the capital Manila and toppled
power lines.

More than half of the main northern
island of Luzon, which includes Manila, was without electricity, and
authorities said it would take two to three days to restore power.

Several dozen flights were
cancelled and schools and many government offices closed.

High winds felled trees and floods
were knee-deep floods in some communities in the capital.

Conson, with maximum gusts of 75
mph, hit Luzon late on Tuesday.