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SCI/TECH: Second Storm in a Week Kills 338 in the Phillippines

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posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 08:26 AM
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A second rainstorm in less than a week has killed at least 338 people in the Phillippines, with over a hundred people still missing and unaccounted for. The storm which followed a typhoon caused severe flooding and landslides and prevented rescue workers to reach the affected areas. The previous typhoon claimed the lives of over a hundred people last week.
 



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Helicopters had to drop food packs to those on rooftops because there was no place to land, she said.

She most of the dead were in three Quezon towns: Real, Infanta and General Nakar. At least 150 were reported missing in Real, she said.

Officials were arranging for a coast guard boat to reach the three Quezon towns facing the Pacific Ocean, from where a new typhoon was approaching.

Reuben Sindac, police intelligence chief in Quezon, quoted a colleague as saying he saw 10-20 bodies floating in the floodwaters.

He said police communications equipment and vehicles in Infanta were damaged and the whole town was underwater.

Air force spokesman Lt. Col. Restituto Padilla said that stricken towns in Quezon were inaccessible after swollen rivers washed away bridges and uprooted trees.



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While the Phillippines usually experiences a higher number of storms and typhoons than what is typically experienced during the U.S. hurricane season, one has to wonder if this increased activity is normal or due to current global warming trends.




posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 07:38 PM
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Seems like the death toll is rising.

Philippines Battered by Another Typhoon After Storm Kills More Than 420

MARAGUNDON, Philippines (AP) - A powerful typhoon sliced through the Philippines Friday, forcing more than 160,000 people to flee their homes to higher ground even as rescuers struggled to find the missing from an earlier storm that killed more than 420 people.
There was an unconfirmed report that more than 1,000 were dead or unaccounted for from the typhoon that hit the Philippines earlier this week. Civil defense officials said at least 422 people were confirmed dead and another 177 missing. The military reported a toll of 479 dead and 560 missing, but regional commander Maj. Gen. Pedro Cabuay cautioned the figures were based on numbers provided by local officials that could not be immediately confirmed.



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