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2nd typhoon in week lashes Philippines

2011-10-01 14:20

Manila - The second typhoon in a week battered the rain-soaked northern Philippines on Saturday, adding misery to the lives of thousands of people, some of whom were still perched on rooftops from previous flooding.

Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes after Typhoon Nalgae slammed ashore south of northeastern Palanan Bay in Isabela province with winds of 160km/h per hour and dangerous gusts of 195km/h. At least one person was killed in a landslide.

The fast-moving typhoon blew westward, barrelling across the mountainous regions of Luzon Island. It weakened slightly as it reached the shore of La Union province around 16:00 (08:00 GMT), about seven hours after it made landfall.

Forecasters said it will be over South China Sea by Saturday night and is expected to regain strength over the water as it heads farther west toward Hainan and Vietnam.

The typhoon took a similar path across areas on Luzon saturated by Typhoon Nesat, which trapped thousands on rooftops and sent huge waves that breached a seawall in Manila Bay.

The office of civil defence said the death toll from Nesat has risen to 52 after two more victims drowned in its floodwaters. It said 31 others were missing.