Ty­phoon leaves 2 dead, strands thou­sands

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A pow­er­ful ty­phoon slammed into the north­east­ern Philip­pines on Sun­day, leav­ing at least two peo­ple dead, knock­ing out power and iso­lat­ing vil­lages amid floods and top­pled trees.

Ty­phoon Sarika, lo­cally known as Karen, blew into Aurora prov­ince early Sun­day and was bar­rel­ing fast through heav­ily-pop­u­lated agri­cul­tural prov­inces, in­clud­ing land­slide­prone ar­eas, with sus­tained winds of 130 kilo­me­ters (80 miles) per hour and gusts of 220 kph (136 mph).

It was fore­cast to blow out of the main north­ern Lu­zon is­land by midday into the South China Sea. A sep­a­rate storm has been spot­ted far out in the Pa­cific and may strengthen as it heads to­ward the Philip­pines this week, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment’s weather agency.

Nearly 10,000 vil­lagers fled their homes in Sarika’s path and were taken in more than 100 emer­gency shel­ters, Wel­fare Sec­re­tary Judy Tagui­walo said.

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