The Philippine authorities announced, on Thursday, that Hurricane "Fanfon" hit remote villages and popular tourist areas in the middle of the country on Christmas Day, killing at least 16 people.

The wind reached a speed of 195 kilometers per hour, tearing down the roofs of houses and uprooting electricity poles in several regions of the Philippines, Wednesday.

As the Internet and telephone communications continue to be severely disrupted, Thursday's authorities could not immediately assess the damage caused by the hurricane.

But the Disaster Agency authorities confirmed the death of at least 16 people, in villages and towns in the central Visayas region.

"Fanfon" also hit Boracay and Coron, and other areas famous for the sandy white beaches that tourists go to spend their holidays.

The Kalibo airport serving Boracay was also badly damaged, according to a South Korean tourist who was stuck there and managed to send some pictures to "AFP".

"The roads are still blocked, but efforts have been made to remove the debris. It is very bad. It seems like 100 meters away from the airport is ruined. There are a lot of people frustrated at the airport because of the cancellation of flights," Jong Byung said on Instagram. ".

He continued: "Taxis work but the wind is strong and it is still raining, so no one wants to leave the airport, including me."

Although noticeably less powerful, Fanfon is on a similar path to Typhoon Haiyan, which is still considered the most powerful and bloody in the history of the Philippines, leaving thousands of dead and missing.

"He's like Hayyan's younger brother, who is less destructive but follows a similar path," Cindy Ferrer, media officer of the disaster department in the West Visayas region, told AFP.

Hurricane Fanfon caused millions of people a miserable birthday, with thousands heading to shelters in the predominantly Catholic archipelago.

Source Sky News

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