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Typhoon Kai-Tak leaves Philippines; 8 dead, nearly 90,000 displaced

08-16-2012 18:45 BJT

MANILA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were dead while nearly 90,000 were displaced as Typhoon Kai-Tak (local name: "Helen") moves out of the Philippinesand heads towards the southeastern coast of China, local officials said Thursday.

Thirteen roads and eight bridges in Luzon island, northern Philippines remain unpassable owing to massive floods brought by Kai-Tak. The typhoon also damaged homes, farmlands and crops.

Chito Castro, director of the Office of Civil Defense in Ilocos region, said five people died in the region, including four drowning victims in Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte and one who was electrocuted in La Union while trying to lift a fallen electric post.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Benito Ramos reported that three other people died in the Cordillera Administrative Region, including two landslide victims of Baguio City, and one who was hit by a fallen tree.

Two fishermen, both from Camarines Norte, were reportedly missing.

Ramos said Kai-Tak displaced 19,923 families or 86,741 persons in Ilocos and Central Luzon region. Among them, 3,106 families or 10,650 persons are now living in evacuation centers.

The social welfare department distributed 75,000 pesos (1,780 U. S. dollars) worth of relief assistance to Baguio City alone.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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