Goni hits Ok­i­nawa af­ter killing 19 in Philip­pines

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Typhoon Goni lashed the south­ern Ja­panese is­lands of Ok­i­nawa with heavy rains and winds on Mon­day, as the death toll rose to 19 in the north­ern Philip­pines. The latest vic­tims in­clude a 9-month-old boy and his 2-year-old sis­ter who drowned in flash floods.

Wind-gusts of 256 kilo­me­ters per hour (159 miles per hour), a lo­cal record, flipped over cars and top­pled util­ity poles overnight on the re­mote Ja­panese is­land of Ishi­gaki, near Tai­wan, Ja­panese media re­ported. A few peo­ple were cut by bro­ken win­dows. The storm, with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 180 kilo­me­ters per hour (112 miles per hour), was head­ing north to­ward Ja­pan’s south­ern­most main is­land of Kyushu.

Six­teen peo­ple were miss­ing in the Philip­pines in ad­di­tion to the 19 dead. Land­slides killed at least 13 peo­ple in the moun­tain province of Benguet, in­clud­ing four gold min­ers who were pulled out of a huge mud­slide that buried three work camps. A dozen min­ers were miss­ing and more than 100 po­lice­men and fel­low min­ers dug through the mud amid fad­ing hope that sur­vivors would be found, of­fi­cials said.

Benguet Gover­nor Nestor Fong­wan said days of pound­ing rain and a swollen creek sat­u­rated a moun­tain slope, which cas­caded down the gold-min­ing area at dawn Satur­day. “They were sleep­ing when a huge chunk of the moun­tain came down and buried their work sites,” he said by phone.

Six peo­ple died else­where in the north, and four oth­ers were miss­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice of Civil De­fense. The 9-month old boy and his sis­ter drowned af­ter floods swept away their river­side shanty in Su­bic town in north­west­ern Zam­bales province early Mon­day. Their 5-yearold brother re­mains miss­ing.

The typhoon dam­aged more than 1,000 houses, said Alexan­der Pama, head of the gov­ern­ment’s dis­as­ter­re­sponse agency. As­so­ci­ated Press writ­ers Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano in Manila and Ken Morit­sugu in Tokyo con­trib­uted to this story.

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