- Title: PHILIPPINES: A WEEK OF TYPHOONS AND MONSOON RAINS CLAIM AT LEAST 58 LIVES
- Date: 20th July 2002
- Summary: (W3) MANILA, PHILIPPINES (JULY 13, 2002) (REUTERS) 1. HAS CARS DRIVING THROUGH FLOODED STREETS (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. SLV MEN IN CANOE PADDLING THROUGH FLOODED STREET 0.21 3. SLV SMALL BOYS PLAYING IN FLOOD WATER 0.33 4. (SOUNDBITE) (Tagalog) UNIDENTIFIED MAN IN CANOE SAYING "We enjoy it whenever the streets get flooded because we are able to use our boat". 0.47 5. SLV FLOODED STREETS (2 SHOTS) 1.08 6. SLV HORSE AND CART MOVING THROUGH WATER 1.15 7. SLV AMBULANCE MOVING THROUGH WATER 1.29 8. MV PEOPLE SITTING IN SCHOOL CLASSROOM USED AS AN EVACUATION HALL; MV PEOPLE INSIDE EVACUATION HALL (6 SHOTS) 1.55 9. SLV SUBMERGED CAR OUTSIDE HOUSE IN FLOODED STREET; SLV DESTROYED SHELTER; SLV PEOPLE LOOKING OUT OVER FLOODED RIVER (6 SHOTS) 2.25 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 4th August 2002 13:00
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Reuters ID: LVA5W4TT3DR6WQH24CJAM90ISNK2
- Story Text: A week of typhoons and monsoon rains has killed at
least 58 people in the Philippines.
Landslides and flooding from four typhoons,
Rammasun, Chata'an, Nakri and Halong, killed around 100
people this week as they churned through the Pacific Ocean
past Micronesia, the Philippines, China, the Koreas and Japan.
Over half the dead were in the Philippines but many of the
others were from landslides on the remote Micronesian atoll of
Chuuk, around 2,800 km (1,700 miles) east of the archipelago.
Parts of the capital Manila and nearby provinces remained
under floodwater and officials predicted the number of people
taking shelter in public buildings would rise.
The rain had stopped in Manila by Saturday (July 13) but
skies remained overcast and more rain was forecast for the
Some Manila residents were enjoying the fact that some
roads had effectively become canals.
"We enjoy it whenever the streets get flooded because we
are able to use our boat," said one man.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said
five people drowned or were electrocuted on Friday (July 12)
in Pangasinan province, which is north of Manila and where
heavy rain from Typhoon Halong flooded wide areas.
Another five people were missing in the province.
Coast guard officials said a 60-year-old woman died when a
boat with more than 70 passengers and crew on board hit a log
and sank off Batangas province south of Manila. Two other
passengers from the boat, the MB Jupiter 2, were taken to the
Passing fishermen and another vessel rescued the
passengers and crew.
Disaster officials in boats and trucks rescued stranded
commuters on Friday night in Manila and nearby provinces,
where floodwaters were up to six feet (1.8 metres) deep.
The weather bureau said Typhoon Halong was not expected to
pass directly over the Philippines.
Halong, with winds gusting to 195 kph (121 mph), was
whirling in the Pacific Ocean off the main Philippine island
of Luzon on Saturday, around 1,400 km (900 miles) northeast of
The annual monsoon rains usually hit the archipelago from
May to September.
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