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Floodwaters threaten hundreds of thousands
Typhoon hammers Mindanao
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- September 25, 2012
In the town of Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte province, thousands of residents have fled to safer ground since heavy downpours began on Sunday.┬áThe army reported today that more than 40 houses┬áhave been washed away in at least four villages, while roads leading to several remote areas┬áare now impassable.
Local commander Major General Ricardo Rainier Cruz ordered his troops today to "prepare and undertake rescue and retrieval operations."
Siocon town and nearby Sirawai, as well as the city of Zamboanga, have already been declared disaster areas.
Reports say┬áat least two people have been┬ákilled while another┬áperson is missing.
At least 4,500 people were stranded in various parts of the southern Philippines when transport services were halted.
Heavy rains, strong winds, and huge waves have battered the coastal city of Zamboanga since the weekend. Some 500 people were evacuated from coastal villages while the city government said almost 1,000 families were affected.
The typhoon intensified┬átoday as it moved northwards, packing winds of up to 200 kms per hour near its center, the weather bureau said.
Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas have been alerted to possible flash floods and landslides.
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