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article imageStrong typhoon triggers flooding, landslides in Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Sep 26, 2011 in Environment
A strong typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center made landfall at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday local time in the provinces of Isabela and Aurora in northern Philippines.
Typhoon Pedring (international code name Nesat) is now moving West Northwest at 19 kph and is expected to exit the Philippine area over the weekend.
Philippine weather forecasting bureau, PAGASA, reports "Northern and Central Luzon and Bicol region will experience stormy weather while the rest of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas will have rains with gusty winds."
Storm signal No.3 was raised yesterday in Bicol provinces while signal No.2 is now raised in Central Luzon including Metro Manila. Aurora and Isabela provinces are now under signal No.3
Initial reports by local authorities in affected areas show massive flooding and landslides in the severely affected area in Isabela and Aurora provinces.
Many houses were destroyed and trees were uprooted and destroyed by strong winds along the path of typhoon Pedring.
Residents of low lying areas of Albay and Camarines provinces have been evacuated and brought to safer areas with evacuation centers.
While Metro Manila is not being hit directly by the typhoon, strong winds and heavy rains have submerged some streets as waterways including the Marikina River are now slowly reaching maximum levels.
Authorities are closely watching water levels in major dams particularly in Central and Northern provinces in order to alert the residents in the surrounding areas of possible spillage of water from these dams.
Classes have been suspended Tuesday morning in major schools and universities in Bicol Region, Central and Northern Luzon.
Flights in major destinations in the affected areas have also been suspended until further notice while the Philippine Coast Guard has issued warnings to fishermen and commercial vessels to stay out of the the typhoon path due to rough seas and heavy rain.
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