9 dead as tropical storm "Lando" sweeps Philippines
www.chinaview.cn 2007-11-20 10:39:17   Print

    MANILA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people were killed in the floodings and landslide in central and southern Philippines brought by tropical storm "Lando", the country's disaster relief authorities said in a latest report released on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to National Disaster Coordinating Council, five other people were injured while two others were still missing. Floods and landslides affected 3,276 families and 16,463 persons in central Visayans region and north of the southern Mindanao region. More than 12,000 people are now staying in evacuation centers, the latest report said.

    The council said the tropical storm forced electricity to have been shut down in the Philippine second largest city of Cebu, while houses, roads, bridges in the region sustained various damages.

    "Lando", which packs winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 85 kilometers per hour, entered the Philippines on Monday and kept moving west at 19 kilometers per hour, according to weather forecast authorities. The storm was expected to cross the Sulu Sea, heading towards the South China Sea by early morning Wednesday and was likely to develop into a typhoon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration said.

    The airport in Manila on Tuesday also announced the cancellation of four domestic flights of light passenger aircraft of Asian Spirit company heading Visayas. According to the airport, several flights scheduled on Tuesday morning were also delayed due to bad weather conditions.

Editor: Sun Yunlong
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