12 October 2013, 12:26

Philippines: Nine dead in wake of Typhoon Nari

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Nine people were reported dead in the Philippines, officials said Saturday after Typhoon Nari battered the country's north, ripping off roofs, toppling trees and electric posts and causing widespread flooding.

Nari, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometres per hour (km/h) and gusts of up to 150 km/h, made landfall in the northern province of Aurora late Friday, the weather bureau said.

Heavy rains and strong winds caused landslides, floods and power outages in more than 30 towns and cities, the national disaster risk management office said.

Six people were killed in the northern provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija, including an elderly man pinned down by a collapsed wall, said Nigel Lontoc, a regional civil defence officer.

The other victims included a police officer buried in a landslide that struck a patrol base, a man electrocuted while removing a toppled tree and a 16-year-old girl hit by a falling tree, he added.

In Bulacan Province, two children and an elderly person drowned in floods, according to provincial Governor Wilhelmino Alvarado.

The weather bureau said Nari was moving away from the Philippines at 19 km/h towards Vietnam. But another cyclone has been spotted off the country's eastern coast and was expected to bring more rains.

Voice of Russia, dpa

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