1 Nov 2009

Another typhoon lashes Philippines

6:57 am on 1 November 2009

Typhoon Mirinae has smashed through the Philippines, killing 11 people and worsening floods in areas that were struggling to recover from recent deadly storms, according to officials.

The typhoon, with winds of up to 185km/h, is the third major storm to hit the Philippines' main island of Luzon in five weeks, with the previous two claiming more than 1,100 lives.

In Manila, areas that have been flooded since Tropical Storm Ketsana struck on 26 September were hit with more heavy rain on Saturday, while residents in other districts were forced onto their roofs to escape rising waters, AFP reports.

"We need help because the waters have risen. We need rubber boats and choppers," Ariel Magcales, the mayor of Santa Cruz town on Manila's outskirts, said. "Some people are on the roofs of their houses."

Military and police rescue boats worked to save people who were trapped by a flash flood, officials said.

The typhoon caused power outages and knocked down trees across many areas of Manila, a sprawling city of 12 million people. It also forced flights to be suspended on Saturday morning from Manila's international airport.

Ferries, a popular form of transport in the South-East Asian archipelago, were also cancelled, ruining travel plans for many who were hoping to head to their hometowns for the All Saints' Day long-weekend public holiday.

Tropical Storm Ketsana caused massive flooding in Manila. Outlying districts that are home to more than 1 million people were expected to remain flooded into the New Year even before Typhoon Mirinae hit.