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.
The storm is taking much the same route as Typhoon Nesat which
hit the country on Tuesday leaving at least 52 people dead and
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.