In the Philippines, more than 40 bodies have already been recovered farm the burnt-out wreckage of a leading tourist hotel in the capital, Manila, after fire swept through the building at the height of typhoon early on Monday (14 November).
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Background: In the Philippines, more than 40 bodies have already been recovered farm the burnt-out wreckage of a leading tourist hotel in the capital, Manila, after fire swept through the building at the height of typhoon early on Monday (14 November).
SYNOPSIS: The fire was noticed shortly before dawn, when most of the guests were asleep. The Philippians Hotel, on Manila's seafront, was completely gutted. The flames were fanned by the typhoon winds, which at times reached 115 miles an hour (180 kilometres per hour).
About 60 Australians, americans, Taiwanese Japanese and Filipinos escaped from the flames many of them still in their night clothes. The government say many foreign visitors may be among the dead. One woman was saved after being trapped on a ledge. Firemen kept the Flames from her until she could be rescued. But some people jumped from the hotel's upper stories, and died. The fire was thought to have been started hotel rooms. Mrs. Imelda Marcos, wife of the Philippines's President, went to the scene to check on rescue operation.
The hotel was not the only building damaged in the Philippines. The typhoon has left more then 6,000 families homeless on the northern Luzon island. And at least three freighters ran aground during the storm. All international and domestic flights were cancelled, shipping brought to a halt, and train services suspended. And at the scene of the fire, the local Red Cross say it could be some time before the final death toll is known.