Typhoon Rammasun has battered parts of the Philippines with 185kph (115mph) gusts of wind, bringing down trees, electric posts and ripping off roofs.

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Cars are pinned downed by uprooted trees in Manila.AFP

At least 10 people have been killed. A woman died after being hit by a fallen electric post in Northern Samar province and two men, including one on a motorcycle, were crushed to death by falling trees.

Three members of a family were killed when a wall collapsed on them in Lucena city, and an 11-month-old boy died after being hit by a wall in a house in Cavite province.

Three fishermen have been reported missing in Catanduanes, near Albay province, where Rammasun made landfall.

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A fisherman's house in the middle of a fish pen leans to one side as it is pounded by waves, strong winds and rain in Bacoor.Reuters
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A fisherman secures his fish pen from strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in the coastal town of Bacoor.Reuters
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People take cover under a tree as strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun batter the capital.Reuters
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A motorcyclist is blown over by fierce winds in Manila.Reuters
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An official leads a child as he is evacuated from a house at an informal settlers' area in Manila.AFP

Fortunately, the capital Manila and densely populated northern provinces were spared the worst of the storm thanks to a slight change in its direction.

With last year's massive devastation and deaths from Typhoon Haiyan still in many people's mind, 373,000 people readily evacuated after being told of the danger.

Rammasun, the Thai name for god of thunder, is the seventh storm to batter the Philippines this year. About 20 typhoons and storms lash the archipelago on the western edge of the Pacific each year, making it one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

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People gather at a basketball arena after they fled their homes in Manila.AFP
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Evacuees queue for food at a basketball arena used as a shelter in Manila.AFP
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Residents brave strong winds and rain as they evacuate from their homes at an informal settlers' area in Manila.AFP
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Residents cross a flooded street to an evacuation centre in Manila.AFP
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Residents try to fix the roof of a home as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila.AFP
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A worker uses an electric saw to remove a huge tree that fell on top of a car during the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun, (locally named Glenda) in ManilaReuters
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Fishing boats are battered by heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in the town of Imus, Cavite, PhilippinesReuters