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article imageDeath toll rises to 19 as Typhoon 'Pedring' pummels Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Sep 28, 2011 in Environment
The death toll brought about by the onslaught of Typhoon "Pedring" (international code name: Nesat) has risen to 19 as the deadly typhoon makes its exit from Philippine area Wednesday evening.
This was announced by Undersecretary Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in a radio interview before noon today.
Many of the fatalities were pinned to death by falling trees and collapsing walls and posts. About 35 people are yet to be accounted for, most of them were reported missing in the Bicol Region.
The typhoon affected about 35,000 families in Bicol provinces and along the Luzon coastlines. About 11,000 families were brought to evacuation centers located on higher grounds.
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.
The Sofitel, one of the five-star hotels in Manila, had to transfer some of the hotel guests to other hotels when floodwater spilled into its grand lobby.
The US Embassy in Manila had to close Tuesday when giant waves from Manila Bay shoreline hit the embassy compound, prompting embassy officials to suspend operations and employees were advised to go home.
Hardly-hit were low lying areas in Aurora province were national highways and provincial roads were submerged in floodwater. Isabela and the rest of Mountain Provinces were likewise heavily hit by the strong typhoon.
Meanwhile, four people including an eight-month-old boy were reported killed by a landslide caused by heavy and continuing rain in Hingyon, Ifugao, Governor Eugene Balitang in a text message to
The latest fatality brings total casualties to more than 20.
PAGASA had said that it expects the typhoon to exit the Philippine area of responsibility in the afternoon or evening of Wednesday
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