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Thursday, September 28, 2006


‘Milenyo’ slams into RP; 
Metro Manila in its path

Typhoon Milenyo (international code name: Xangsane) on Wednesday slammed into Bicol and Eastern Visayas on Wednesday, stranding thousands of bus and boat passengers and forcing the cancellation of several flights.

In Metro Manila, which lies in Milenyo’s path, classes on Thursday were ordered suspended.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Milenyo, packing winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 150 kph, was moving at the speed of 13 kph in a west-northwest direction, bearing down on Daet, Camarines Norte.

If it does not change course, the typhoon will pass just north of Metro Manila sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

On Wednesday, Malacañang declared classes suspended Thursday in Metro Manila, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan.

Reports from the National Disaster Coordinating Council said heavy rains brought by the typhoon shut down 10 ports in Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The council said 79 buses, 115 trucks, 61 light vehicles, 11 vessels and 8 motorized bancas were stuck in various ports or terminals. That left 3,400 people stranded, with 1,742 alone in Matnog, Sorsogon, the main ferry crossing between Bicol and Samar.

In its own report the Coast Guard said 2,446 people were reported stranded in Legazpi, Sorsogon and Masbate.

At the Manila Domestic Airport, Asian Spirit flights to Catarman, Northern Samar; Virac, Catanduanes; and Busuangga were canceled.
--Mark Ivan, Anthony Vargas, Katrice R. Jalbuena and Jonathan Hicap




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