Typhoon roars towards Philippines

Residents warned to brace for landslides and flooding caused by Typhoon Durian.

    Durian is rapidly picking up strength
    [Photo: Joint Typhoon Warning Centre]

    Rescue teams have been activated and severe weather alerts have been broadcast across Luzon, the most populated island, warning of the danger of flooding and landslides.
     
    Some villages ravaged by earlier storms have still not had electricity restored, but officials are already preparing for Durian's arrival with emergency response crews working around the clock.
     

    In September Typhoon Xangsane left
    dozens dead and widespread damage

     Meanwhile the coast guard has barred ferries in the area from leaving port.
     
    In late September, Typhoon Xangsane slammed into Manila, leaving 230 people dead and missing in the capital and surrounding areas.
     
    The Philippines was hit by typhoons Cimaron and Chebi in late October and early November, leaving behind death and massive property damage caused by flash floods and mudslides.
     
    In 2004, the Philippines was hit by a series of storms which left about 1,800 people dead or missing including 480 killed by mudslides in the eastern province of Quezon.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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