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Typhoon Parma kills 16 in the northern Philippines

Associated Press / October 5, 2009

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MANILA - Landslides buried two families in the Philippines as they sheltered in their homes from Asia’s latest deadly typhoon, which killed at least 16 people and left more than a dozen villages flooded yesterday.

Typhoon Parma cut a destructive path across the northern Philippines Saturday but spared the capital, Manila. It headed out to sea, and late yesterday was hovering less than 60 miles off the coast, where it was expected to stay for the next three days, forecasters said.

That was close enough to Taiwan to cause heavy rain on the island, where troops were evacuating some villages and loading sandbags in preparation for possible flooding.

Loreto Espineli, senior superintendent of the Philippine Police, said a family of five, including a 1-year-old boy, died when their home in Benguet province was buried as Parma hit. Seven people, including another family of five, were buried in a nearby village, he said.

Officials had earlier listed four people as being killed in the typhoon in the Philippines.

Parma hit eight days after an earlier storm left Manila awash in the worst flooding in four decades, killing almost 300 people. Saturday’s storm dropped more rain on the capital that slowed the cleanup and made conditions more miserable.

Parma was churning over the South China Sea late yesterday and was interacting with another typhoon much father east over the Pacific that caused it to hook back toward the Philippines, chief government forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said. It was not expected to hit the coast again, but could cause heavy rain for the next three days, Cruz said.

In southern Taiwan, roads were clogged with military trucks and cars taking villagers away from their flood- and mudslide-prone mountain homes.

The Central Weather Bureau said Parma would likely miss the island but heavy rains could still cause major problems. Tens of thousands of Filipinos fled to higher ground as Parma bore down on the main island of Luzon on Saturday, packing winds of 108 miles per hour and driving rain, officials said.

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