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Three dead as Molave exits Philippines

Three dead as Molave exits Philippines

At least three people were killed and nearly 100,000 displaced in the Philippines by Typhoon Molave, as the storm gained strength before rolling away from the country yesterday, officials said.
Among the dead was a 13-year-old boy who drowned in a swollen river in suburban Caloocan city north of Manila and a 32-year-old man who was electrocuted in the northern Ilocos province. Radio reports meanwhile said a baby also drowned in central Iloilo province after her house was flooded.
With maximum winds of 95 kph near its center and gusts of up to 120 kph, by early yesterday Molave was moving west-northwest of Batanes island, in the extreme northern Philippines. It is forecast to be within the vicinity of southeastern China by today, the state weather bureau said. Nearly 23,000 families, or about 95,000 individuals in Manila, its surrounding suburbs, and in the northern Philippines were displaced by the storm, the Office of Civil defense said.
The eye of Molave hit the sparsely populated Batan island group near Taiwan on Friday night as weather services upgraded it from a tropical storm into a typhoon after it caused widespread flooding that effectively shut down Manila.


Updated : 2021-10-20 22:37 GMT+08:00