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article imageDeath toll rises as Storm Juaning makes sudden landfall PH

By Leo Reyes     Jul 26, 2011 in Environment
At least 10 people were reported dead and thousands of families were evacuated to higher grounds as floodwater reaches rooftop of houses in at least four provinces in the Bicol region south of Manila.
Hard hit by the devastating flood were the provinces of Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduaes and Camarines Norte where an estimated 100,000 families were affected.
The storm which packs winds of 75 KPH carries a large component of rain which caused severe flooding in the affected areas.
Over the weekend, government weather forecasters said the storm will not make a landfall but PAGASA, the weather forecasting agency, abruptly revised its weather bulletin as "Juaning" made a sudden change in its pathway as it hit the entire eastern Luzon coastlines.
Camarines provinces, Catanduanes and Albay were reported to have no electricity since Tuesday as flood water submerged homes in many parts of the region.
Schools were closed and classes in all levels in affected areas were suspended as storm signal No.2 was raised Tuesday in many parts of Luzon including Metro Manila.
Benito Ramos, executive director of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that while the rains are needed to fill the dams and irrigate farmlands, too much of it can spell disaster.
“We need rain to fill up our dams and irrigate our farms, but too much rainfall could damage our rice lands in northern Luzon,” he said.
Storm "Juaning" is expected to cross Norther Luzon Wednesday and will make an exit from Philippine area by 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Joey Salceda, the Governor of Albay province, the area hardest hit by the storm, told ABS-CBN News anchor Anthony Taberna that his mother died a few hours ago after she slipped on a wet floor and fell on her head due to power outage in Albay province.
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