Latest typhoon kills 16 in the Philippines

Workers carry sacks of rice to a dry warehouse as Santa Cruz township remains flooded after more than a week.

Associated Press

Workers carry sacks of rice to a dry warehouse as Santa Cruz township remains flooded after more than a week.

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Parma caused widespread flooding and landslides that buried at least two families in the Philippines, then hung threateningly off the coast Sunday drenching the country's north as well as Taiwan.

At least 16 people died when Parma hit the main island of Luzon on Saturday, though the capital, Manila — still awash in floodwaters from a storm barely a week earlier — was spared.

In Benguet province, a family of five died when their home was buried in a landslide, said a local police official. Seven people, including another family of five, were buried in a nearby village, he said.

Four also died in other provinces, most of them drowning after being swept away by floodwaters, officials said.

Parma headed northwest into the South China Sea after passing over the Philippines, but its movement slowed and hooked back toward the country as it began to interact with Typhoon Melor, a storm over the north Pacific Ocean that is pushing west, said chief government forecaster Nathaniel Cruz.

It was not expected to hit the Philippine coast again, but was likely to hover around 60 miles away and could cause heavy rain for the next three days, Cruz said.

The storm was close enough to Taiwan to cause heavy rain.

Latest typhoon kills 16 in the Philippines 10/04/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 4, 2009 11:31pm]

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