Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A deadly tropical storm sweeping the Philippines

Tropical Storm Nock-ten sweeping the Philippines since Tuesday killed at least nine dead and 25 missing on the main island of Luzon, announced Wednesday, July 27 the authorities. The storm is expected to cause the most damage in the northern island of Luzon, and heavy rains are expected in Manila, the capital, which has 12 million inhabitants where schools were closed as a precaution.

Most of the victims drowned or landslide, said civil protection. The storm swept Tuesday the coastal provinces of southeastern Luzon, forcing 645,000 people from their flooded homes, said Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Management. "We can not use army trucks as the water level is too high," he said, adding that authorities were waiting for a lull to send help from the air.

Dozens of flights were canceled due to weather. The storm is expected Thursday before moving to the South China Sea, according to the Philippine weather service. The Philippines, a vast archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, are struck each year by a score of typhoons, some deadly.

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