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Typhoon leaves 37 dead, 26 missing in Philippines

 Residents fix roof of their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010...
 Residents fix their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Ph...
 Residents fix their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Ph...
  A Filipino Muslim man fixes the roof of their shanty after strong winds from Typhoon Conson tore down several shanties around a mosque in Manila, Ph...
 Filipino workers try to dismantle a billboard that collapsed due to strong winds from Typhoon Conson in  Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines on ...
 Houses and farmland are inundated by flood waters in Nogata, southern Japan, on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.  Storms lashed southern and western Japan, ...
 A boy sits amongst his belongings after their shanty was damaged by Typhoon Conson Wednesday July 14, 2010 at Taytay township, Rizal province,  east ...
 Residents fix their shanties after they were damaged at the onslaught of Typhoon Conson Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Taytay township, Rizal province,...
 A barefoot mother pushes a tricycle with her children on board as they look for a dry place to spend the night after their shanty allegedly collapsed...

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Residents fix roof of their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

Residents fix their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Ph...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

Residents fix their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Ph...

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A Filipino Muslim man fixes the roof of their shanty after strong winds from Typhoon Conson tore down several shanties around a mosque in Manila, Ph...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

Filipino workers try to dismantle a billboard that collapsed due to strong winds from Typhoon Conson in Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines on ...

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Houses and farmland are inundated by flood waters in Nogata, southern Japan, on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Storms lashed southern and western Japan, ...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

A boy sits amongst his belongings after their shanty was damaged by Typhoon Conson Wednesday July 14, 2010 at Taytay township, Rizal province, east ...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

Residents fix their shanties after they were damaged at the onslaught of Typhoon Conson Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Taytay township, Rizal province,...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

A barefoot mother pushes a tricycle with her children on board as they look for a dry place to spend the night after their shanty allegedly collapsed...

Typhoon Conson blew out of the Philippines on Thursday after killing at least 37 people, plunging the main northern island into darkness and leaving the new president fuming over forecasters' failure to predict that the storm would slam into the capital.
Emergency crews restored electricity to Manila and nearby provinces on Luzon island as normalcy crept back. Flights resumed and schools reopened Thursday. Authorities continued the search for 26 missing fishermen and started to repair the damage caused by the year's first major typhoon.
Conson hit the northeastern coast Tuesday night, packing winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour) and gusts of 95 mph (150 kph). It blew out of the Philippines into the South China Sea on Thursday with sustained winds of about 55 mph (85 kph) per hour, government weather forecaster Gener Quiplong said.
Conson, which has now weakened into a tropical storm, is forecast to make another landfall along the Chinese-Vietnamese border this weekend.
The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms a year, gaining a reputation as the welcome mat for the most destructive cyclones from the Pacific. Last year, back-to-back typhoons inundated Manila and outlying provinces, killing nearly 1,000 people.
Newly elected Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, in a nationally televised emergency meeting, scolded the weather bureau for failing to predict that Conson would hit Manila, which left government agencies unprepared for the onslaught.
On Thursday, navy, coast guard and policemen recovered the bodies of 14 fishermen at Bataan province, west of Manila. Nine died when a wayward oil barge slammed into their boats, which were moored near Mariveles town, the coast guard said.
The high winds and waves pulled up the barge's anchor late Tuesday and sent the steel-hulled vessel hurtling toward about 10 fishing boats which were being secured by their owners and crews, regional coast guard chief Commodore Luis Tuason Jr. said.
"The fishing boats were hit like bowling pins," Tuason told The Associated Press.
Another barge loaded with cooking gas ran aground and smashed into 25 shanties in Manila's Tondo slum district but caused no deaths, he said.
The bodies of five other fishermen were found at sea off Bataan, where their boats sank, he said.
In Rosario town in Cavite province, south of Manila, an oil tanker ran aground at the height of the typhoon and apparently struck and damaged an underwater oil pipe, causing a small spill close to a wharf which was being contained, Tuason said.
In all, 37 deaths were reported over six provinces and in a city near Manila.
More than 10,000 houses were destroyed or damaged and 9,500 people were moved to 54 evacuation centers, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said.
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Associated Press writers Oliver Teves, Teresa Cerojano, Hrvoje Hranjski, Shino Yuasa and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo and Chi-Chi Zhang in Beijing contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-01-17 15:44 GMT+08:00