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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Typhoon Nalgae to Follow in Nesat's Footsteps

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MANILA, Oct 1 (Bernama) -- Typhoon Nalgae (local name Quiel) landed on northern Philippines before noon on Saturday, packing winds up to 195 km per hour, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration ( PAGASA).

The typhoon, the second in a week, is expected to go through five provinces on Luzon island in north Philippines Saturday afternoon.

Quoting PAGASA, China's Xinhua news agency reported that Nalgae is expected to enhance the sothwest mansoon and will bring about scattered to widespread rains over the southern Luzon region.


The storm was tracking roughly the same path as Typhoon Nesat, which ravaged Luzon with huge floods on Tuesday.


Misery compounded
The storm is taking much the same route as Typhoon Nesat which hit the country on Tuesday leaving at least 52 people dead and thousands homeless.
Tens of thousands of residents have moved into evacuation centres or the homes of relatives or friends, but many areas are still heavily flooded from the earlier storm.

With more heavy rains expected, officials fear that floods resulting from the second hurricane will compound the misery of more than a million people still trapped after the first.

Several towns remain submerged, and the BBC's Kate McGeown in Manila says many residents are still on rooftops awaiting rescue from the first storm.

"I hope the [Nesat] floods will wash out to Manila Bay before the [Nalgae] runoff hits the area," disaster management chief Benito Ramos said, quoted by AFP news agency.

"If the latter catches up to the former, there won't be any rooftops left to see above the floodwaters."
Provincial disaster official Raul Agustin told ABS-CBN television that marooned flood victims were often reluctant to leave for fear their homes would be looted.

"When we send out rescue teams to help them, they ask for food instead," he said.

Quiel is the fifth storm to enter the country this month. Storms that develop between September and October tend to be the strongest as the country's weather shifts from southwest to northeast monsoon.

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