The first typhoon of the year to strike the Philippine Islands has caused widespread damage in the capital city of Manila and has left at least 22 people dead.
The storm knocked down power lines, flooded streets, and toppled trees. Officials have predicted it will take two to three days to restore power. At least 12 people remain missing, including 10 fishermen whose boats were capsized by the storm's extremely powerful high winds.
The nation's weather bureau failed to predict that the storm would hit Manila, incurring the ire of newly elected President Benigno Aquino III.
"This is unacceptable," Aquino told officials during a meeting of the National Disaster Coordinating Council, noting that government agencies were relying on the weather bureau for their preparations. "I hope this is the last time we are all brought to areas different from where we should be."
However, bureau officials explained it takes six hours to update the weather bulletins and complained of a lack of funding and equipment.