MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos braced Friday to be whipped by powerful winds and pelted with rain from a second typhoon in eight days.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a nationwide "state of calamity" and ordered mass evacuations of six provinces in the path of Typhoon Parma, which was expected to hit the main island of Luzon midafternoon today. The state of calamity frees up government funds to respond to emergencies.
Cedric Daep, a top disaster official in the Philippines' Albay province, said officials there had evacuated almost 50,000 people.
Parts of Manila were still awash from the worst floods in 40 years caused by Typhoon Ketsana on Sept. 26. At least 293 people were killed and more than 2 million had swamped homes. Ketsana then hit Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Ninety-nine were killed in Vietnam, 14 in Cambodia and 16 in Laos.