Typhoon Cimaron leaves 19 dead in Philippines
The typhoon left 19 people dead mostly in drowning and landslides, injured 58 others and damaged more than 5,000 houses.india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 12:26 IST
Typhoon Cimaron left 19 people dead mostly in drowning and landslides, injured 58 others and damaged more than 5,000 houses in the Philippines' mountainous north before blowing out of the country, officials said on Wednesday.
Fifteen other people remained missing after the typhoon departed on Tuesday from the country's northern Luzon island, where it caused floods, triggered landslides and knocked out power in hundreds of farm villages, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said.
The typhoon affected nearly 283,000 people in the north and damaged 443 million pesos ($8.8 million, euro6.93 million) worth of crops, livestock, roads, bridges and school buildings, it said.
Despite problems wrought by the typhoon, many villagers in the north commemorated All Saints' Day on Wednesday, a public holiday when millions travel to cemeteries nationwide to remember their dead.
Officials have warned people to cancel trips to typhoon-hit northern areas.
Originally a super typhoon, Cimaron lost strength after slamming on the Cordillera mountain range as it cut across northern Luzon late on Sunday and Monday with winds of 120 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 210 kph, the Philippine weather bureau said.
It initially headed toward Vietnam but a cold front caused it to change course, veering toward Hainan Island in southeastern China on Wednesday with winds of 140 kph and gustiness of 170 kph, Filipino forecaster Roberto Rivera said.
About 20 typhoons and tropical storms lash the country each year. Last month, Typhoon Xangsane left 230 people dead and missing as it ripped through Manila and neighboring provinces.