LOOK: 'Glenda' uproots huge tree in Malacanang

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 16 2014 04:57 PM | Updated as of Jul 17 2014 06:08 AM

Photo by Gil Nartea, Malacanang Photo Bureau

MANILA - An acacia tree that is said to be over a hundred years old is uprooted inside Malacañang Palace grounds during the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda.

The photo was taken by Gil Nartea of Malacañang's Photo Bureau.

Malacañang said the government is prioritizing power restoration and the welfare of evacuees in the aftermath of Typhoon Glenda.

Ferocious winds from Typhoon Glenda tore roofs off houses, overturned cars and ripped trees out of the ground in the megacity of Manila, as well as remote fishing villages hundreds of kilometers away.

Power in many areas, including the business district of Makati, was cut just after dawn as branches were torn off trees and electricity lines snapped.

Manila's power distributor, Meralco, said 90 percent of its customers had lost electricity, with similar problems reported in neighboring provinces.

Meralco did not give a timeframe for when power would be restored, and millions of people were left to struggle in hot and humid weather without electricity throughout the day. With a report by Agence France-Presse