Typhoon kills 5 on western Pacific island, officials say

March 31, 2015 4:59 PM

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HAGATNA, Guam – A typhoon killed at least five people on a western Pacific Ocean island ahead of strong winds that are expected to bear down on a neighboring island in Micronesia on Wednesday, officials said.

Micronesia public information officer Marz Akapito reported the preliminary death toll in a radio broadcast, according to the Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam. Akapito said the deaths from Typhoon Maysak occurred in Chuuk state, where damage was widespread and some homes were destroyed.

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