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Sunday, August 28, 2011

NATURAL CALAMITY: 8 dead as Typhoon 'Nanmadol' hits northern Philippines!


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Manila, AP / The Hindu / MANILA, August 28, 2011.

A man salvages steel rods on the rubble of a collapsed wall as it was knocked down by strong winds in suburban Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines on Sunday.
A man salvages steel rods on the rubble of a collapsed wall as it was knocked down by strong winds in suburban Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines on Sunday - AP.


Slow-moving Typhoon Nanmadol remained dangerous on Sunday despite weakening as it struck the tip of the mountainous northern Philippines, leaving at least eight people dead and scuttling a visit by a U.S. Navy battleship group, officials said.
Taiwan issued sea and land warnings and planned to evacuate about 6,000 people in its eastern and southern regions as it braced for the typhoon. Troops and rescue equipment were deployed for any contingency, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said.
With its enormous cloud band, the typhoon drenched the northern Philippines with rain for days before pummelling the area with fierce winds, setting off landslides and floods and knocking down walls that left at least eight people dead and six others missing, said Benito Ramos, who heads the Office of Civil Defence.
Strong winds knocked down a concrete wall which hit a small eatery in the capital’s suburban Quezon City on Sunday, killing a man and injuring two others, police said.
In the northern mountain resort city of Baguio, a garbage dump’s concrete wall collapsed and buried three shanties under tons of garbage on Saturday, killing two children. Their grandmother remained missing, Mr. Ramos said.
Five others perished in landslides or drowned, including a fisherman whose body was found floating Saturday off eastern Catanduanes province. A decision by many villagers to flee to safety before the typhoon struck and vigilance helped reduce the number of casualties, Mr. Ramos said.
In northern Benguet province, bus driver Reynaldo Carlos ordered his passengers to flee on Saturday after seeing mud, debris and boulders surging down a mountainside toward the vehicle, which was stuck on a muddy road.


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