Singapore, Dec. 4 -- Typhoon Kammuri slammed into the Philippines yesterday, bringing heavy rains and gale-force winds as it hit the main island of Luzon.

At least four people were killed while close to half-a-million huddled in evacuation centres as the typhoon, the 20th to hit the country this year, roared ashore late on Monday and passed south of the capital Manila, threatening to set off floods, landslides and storm surges.

The government suspended air and sea travel.

The main airport in Manila was ordered closed for most of the day yesterday, while the coast guard halted commercial sea travel in the storm-affected areas.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia cancelled over 490 flights. At least 6,000 people were barred ...