Sunday, October 2, 2011

Philippines hit by back-to-back typhoons that leave dozens dead

A second typhoon in a week pounded the Philippines over the weekend, weakening Sunday only after prompting evacuations, causing severe flooding and contributing to at least one death, officials said.

Typhoon Nalgae, known locally as Quiel, lost some strength by Sunday morning, though it still had maximum sustained winds of 130 kph (80 mph), with gusts recorded 30 kph (18.6 miles) stronger, according to an 11 a.m. Sunday advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration.

At that point, its center was 290 kilometers (180 miles) west of Baguio City.

The storm comes on the heels of Typhoon Nesat, which left 52 people dead and hit 34 provinces Tuesday, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

The two typhoons have affected about 3 million Filipinos, according to the nonprofit humanitarian group, World Vision.

"The immediate need is ready-to-eat food and water," said Jay Mijares, a spokesman for the group.

"Survivors have no means to cook food. We are seeing a mass exodus of people looking for food, there is no supply, and on top of that their livelihood is disrupted. They have money but there's just nothing to buy." more