Typhoon Nari Leaves Five Dead

5:49 PM, Oct 13, 2013   |    comments
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Philippines -- Heavy winds and rains from typhoon Nari caused landslides and flash floods in the northern Philippines on Saturday, killing at least five people, disaster officials said.

The typhoon made landfall in the eastern coastline of Aurora province early morning, uprooting trees and causing severe flooding as it crossed the northern provinces.

Crops were heavily damaged in the rice-producing province of Nueva Ecija due to powerful winds.

Farmer Jose Sopiano could not salvage his rice crops which was almost ready for harvest.

"I don't know what to do. I have to start planting again, but I no longer have the money," he said.

Heavy flooding was reported in the provinces of Pangasinan and Bulacan, with major roads impassable and power lines cut.

"We moved out of the fields to avoid the floods and made our home here. We escaped the floods, but I did not expect the winds would destroy our house," said a villager.

Disaster officials reported three people dead after being crushed by fallen trees, while one person was electrocuted from a malfunctioning power line. A rescuer also died after being buried in a mudslide while on standby.

Officials said three fishermen were missing off the shores of Catanduanes Province since Friday.

Typhoon Nari, with 75mph winds packing gusts up to 93mph, has maintained its strength as it continued to move west In the South China Sea. An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year.


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