Six killed as tropical storm lashes northern Philippines

MANILA: The death toll rose to six yesterday from a tropical storm battering the northern Philippines, officials said. Many roads and communities were flooded from heavy rains that spawned landslides. 

In Manila, government employees were sent home at noon because of rising floodwaters, which were neck-deep in the Santo Nino community in suburban Quezon City. Some roads in the flood-prone suburb of Malabon also were impassable, the Metro Manila Development Authority reported. 

The civil defence office also reported flooding in towns in nearby Bulacan province and warned of rising rivers in central and northern regions of the main Philippine island of Luzon. 

After lingering over the South China Sea since Sunday, tropical storm Linfa blew into Pangasinan province north-west of here with sustained winds of 75kph and gusts of up to 90kph, the weather bureau said. 

It was moving north-east at 13kph. – AP 

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