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Tropical Storm Fung-Wong Approaching Taiwan: Reports

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The tropical storm Fung-Wong which begun in Philippines earlier this week causing heavy flooding and five deaths is expected to hit Taiwan by Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau in Taiwan.

MOSCOW, September 20 (RIA Novosti) - The tropical storm Fung-Wong which begun in Philippines earlier this week causing heavy flooding and five deaths is expected to hit Taiwan by Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau in Taiwan.

According to the weather bureau, the storm is approaching Taiwan with winds of 100 kilometers per hour and heavy rain will be in the south and southeastern parts of Taiwan. The bureau warns that it could cover the entire island by Monday and advised schools to remain closed.

The storm is expected to move north over the high mountains of Taiwan with the potential of causing a landfall or avoiding a direct landfall and becoming a typhoon.

Storm Fung-Wong, also known as Mario, begun on Thursday in Philippines causing torrential rains of up to 10.6 inches and killing at least 5 people as confirmed by the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Saturday.

According to the council's report, the storm has forced 205, 304 people to evacuate and affecting more than 700,000 people in Manila and other nearby provinces according to the Philippines National Disaster agency.

The Philippines NDRRMC Director, Alexander Pama, reported on Sunday that among those who died was 2 year-old girl drowned Quezon City and a 63 year-old woman died when debris hit her. Also, a baby boy was hit by an uprooted tree and one man was buried under eroded mud in the north of Manila.

"Some of our things are buried in mud, it will take a while to clean up," a resident in Marikina City of Philippines told Reuters in a Sunday report while clearing up layers of mud and debris inside their residence.

Officials have declared a state of calamity in some areas in the capital Manila and in Cebu City in central Philippines where the floods have left some parts of the city 2 meters underwater, Reuters reported.

Tropical storms are common in Philippines but vary in intensity; last year in November, typhoon Haiyan in central Philippines killed more than 6,000 people.

Meanwhile, advisories on the storm from the weather bureau in Taiwan indicate that the storm could cause heavy rains in South Korea and Japan next week.

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