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article imageTyphoon 'Pedring' in Metro Manila kills 8 people

By Leo Reyes     Sep 27, 2011 in Environment
Typhoon "Pedring" (international code name: Nesat) left Metro Manila with at least eight people dead and dislocated hundreds of families living in low lying areas as strong wind and rising floodwater engulfed their homes.
Most of the fatalities were blamed on falling trees and collapsing walls caused by strong wind and floodwater.
In a report by Inquirer.net, the Office of Civil Defense reported four people were killed in Metro Manila, two in Central Luzon, one in Catanduanes, and one in Camarines Sur.
Many areas in Metro Manila were submerged in floodwater, stranding thousands of people in low lying areas as public transport could not pass the flooded streets. Likewise, the railway system has stopped operation due to power interruption.
"It's flooded everywhere. We don't have a place to go for shelter. Even my motorcycle got filled with water," said motorist Ray Gonzales, one of thousands stranded by fast-rising floodwaters.
In Manila the US Embassy has remained closed due to strong wind and flood along the shorelines where the embassy is located.
In Marikina City, at least 5,000 people were evacuated according to Secretary Edwin Lacierda in a press conference held in Malacanang Palace Tuesday. In Albay and Camarines Sur, many residents have been evacuated to safer grounds.
The Manila Electric Company has cut off electricity in almost all cities and towns in Metro Manila Tuesday morning due to strong wind which could damage electrical lines and cause accidents.
Due to heavy rain, increasing water volume in many dams located in Luzon have reached maximum levels and they are being monitored to avoid unauthorized spillage or release of water that could endanger the residents in low lying areas.
Roads and highways leading to Baler in Aurora province have been reported submerged in floodwater due to continuous rain.
Typhoon "Pedring" is expected to exit Northern Luzon shortly and the country's weather forecasting agency, PAGASA says" At 4:00 p.m. today, Typhoon "PEDRING" was located based on radar, satellite and surface data at 70 km West northwest of Baguio City (16.7°N, 120.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move West northwest at 19 kph."
PAGASA also said earlier another weather disturbance is about to enter the Philippine area which may develop into a tropical depression or typhoon.
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