posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 08:26 AM
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.
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
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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.