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Typhoon No 4 rocks Philippines
« on: November 01, 2009, 05:45:13 PM »
Typhoon No 4 rocks Philippines
November 01, 2009 Edition 1


MANILA: The fourth typhoon to whip the Philippines in a month lashed the capital and nearby provinces yesterday, leaving fresh floods and new misery before blowing out of the country. At least seven people were killed and several were missing.

Typhoon Mirinae, with winds of 150km/h and gusts of up to 185km/h, slammed into Quezon province north-east of Manila about midnight on Friday.

It quickly swept westward out to sea, south of the capital, and weakened into a tropical storm yesterday afternoon.

"It is moving away toward the South China Sea," said chief government forecaster Nathaniel Cruz.

Mirinae appeared to be heading towards Vietnam.

Philippine authorities evacuated more than 115 000 people in nine provinces east and south of Manila in the storm's path on main Luzon island, the National Disaster Co-ordinating Council reported.

Back-to-back storms in late September and early October killed more than 900 people, and a third storm then threatened the northern Philippines before veering towards Japan.

Initial reports from Mirinae yesterday indicated more flooding but relatively few deaths.

Police said six people, including a 12-year-old girl, drowned in a flash flood in Laguna province's Pagsanjan township, south of Manila. Four others were missing in floodwaters in other towns, regional police chief Perfecto Palad said.

A man drowned after being swept away by strong currents as he tried to cross a creek in Rizal province's Pililla township while carrying his 1-year-old child, who remains missing.

A man and his son who were in a car on a bridge that collapsed in nearby Batangas province were also missing.

Nearly 95 000 people who fled during the two earlier storms were still housed in temporary shelters when Mirinae struck, the national disaster agency said.

In the coastal town of Ternate in Cavite province, where the typhoon exited, a tornado destroyed 25 houses and injured one resident.


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