Typhoon Slams Into The Philippines

(November 26, 2007)--Typhoon Mitag slammed into the northeastern Philippines after killing at least 10 people elsewhere in the country, while another deadly storm that had blown away days earlier headed back Monday, complicating emergency preparations.

Most of the typhoon fatalities occurred over the weekend in the eastern provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, before Mitag changed course and roared into the coastal town of Palanan, further north in Isabela province late on Sunday.

Sustained wind speeds had weakened, but remained dangerous at 74 miles per hour gusting up to 93 miles per hour, a chief government forecaster said.

After hitting land in Isabela, a province of more than a million people, Mitag veered toward the country's mountainous northern provinces, where authorities evacuated thousands of people because of fears of landslides.

The typhoon flooded at least 50 villages in Isabela.

A swollen river in the provincial capital, Ilagan, engulfed at least 10 houses, whose residents fled to safety late on Sunday, officials said, adding that most of Isabela had lost electricity.

In nearby Cagayan province, two villagers drowned on Sunday.

Strong winds toppled trees and knocked down power posts, cutting off electricity in the province of nearly a million people, an official said,

A landslide covered a road in the resort town of Pagudpud, in northern Ilocos Norte province, late on Sunday, blocking buses and cars but apparently causing no injuries.

Troops were deployed to clear the road, an army major said.

Amateur video showed a bus becoming stranded as it attempted to cross a flood-swollen river.



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