Typhoon Conson causes major damage in Philippines

Residents fix roof of their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Philippines' first typhoon of the year barreled toward the country's east coast Tuesday, prompting flight and ferry cancellations, school closures and warnings of floods and landslides.A mother pulls a tricycle with her children on board as they look for a dry place to spend the night after their shanty allegedly collapsed at the onslaught of Typhoon Conson Wednesday July 14, 2010 at Taytay township, Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Conson (local name Basyang), the first typhoon of the year, barreled towards the country's east coast Tuesday leaving at least nine people dead and prompted flight and ferry cancellations,s chool closures and warnings of landslides.A Filipino Muslim family rebuilds their shanty after it was torn down due to strong winds from Typhoon Conson in Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The first typhoon to lash the Philippines this year killed several people and left some 11 others missing Wednesday after flooding streets in the capital and toppling power

Typhoon Conson ripped through Luzon leaving a trail of devastation in its wake including washing shanties into the sea.The official civil defence office said 19 fishermen from the eastern island of Catanduanes had failed to return home and were missing at sea after the typhoon hit the area late Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of fatalities but communication systems were down throughout the area leaving relief officials to try and officially determine the extent of the damage.

Power throughout Luzon was down including the Philippines capital Manila which had its streets littered with branches and debris. The power outages also caused the overhead railway to be shut down. Trees and knee high floods had also added to congestion problems on many of Manilas roads. Shanty towns near the coastal area of Manila were also washed away leaving shocked and drenched residents scrambling for scraps of wood and anything else they could use to build a makeshift shelter.

The government called off classes at grade and high school levels in Manila. Several flights in and out of Manila were cancelled as Conson was passing but airport officials said their operations had returned to normal after the storm passed. Conson had gusts of 120kmph (74mph) that hit the eastern side of Luzon on Tuesday night which then crossed the island before exiting on Wednesday morning heading West into the south china sea.