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8/08/2007

Tropical storm kills 11 in the Philippines

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"THIS IS THE WORST FLOOD I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE": PROVINCIAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT OFFICIAL

MANILA, Philippines - Tropical Storm Pabuk churned across the Philippines Wednesday, triggering deadly landslides before it moved into southern Taiwan, where it cut power and forced schools and business to close.

The death toll from a separate, unnamed storm in Vietnam rose to 34, with 17 missing and feared dead. The tropical storm, the worst to hit Vietnam this year, was downgraded to a depression on Monday, but heavy rains continued, the national weather center said.

"It is still raining heavily in the mountains. The death toll could rise if the weather does not improve in the next few days," said Trinh Nhu Tien, a Vietnamese provincial disaster official said.

Nguyen Ngoc Giai, another provincial disaster official, said hundreds of military and police officers had been mobilized for rescue efforts, food and medicine relief.
More casualties were expected because the floodwaters were still "very, very deep," he said.

In the Philippines, monsoon rains fed by Pabuk caused a landslide that buried seven houses and killed at least 10 people Monday in the southern gold mining town of Maco, said Glenn Rabonza, administrator of the Office of Civil Defense and government forecasters.

PHOTO ABOVE: A man struggles to pedal his bike on a flooded street Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 in suburban Makati, south of Manila in the Phillipines. (AP)


RELATED WEATHER NEWS UPDATE
SAN PABLO CITY, Philippine -- A heavy downpour from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning submerged some portions of ricefields and houses in the eastern Laguna town of Mabitac while disaster officials are monitoring possible overflow of main rivers in the nearby towns of Siniloan, Pangil, Famy, Sta. Maria and adjacent towns.


SAN RAFAEL, Bulacan -- At least 28 houses were damaged after a tornado ripped through a portion of Barangay (village) Capihan here on Wednesday morning, police and local officials said.
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