Santi displaces 46,295 families; another typhoon looms

MANILA (Updated, 5 p.m.) -- At least 46,295 families or 219,591 people in eleven provinces in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Calabarzon were affected by strong winds and rain-induced floods brought by Typhoon Santi, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.

The council said 1,736 families or 7,421 residents are staying in 58 evacuation centers.

Some 3,433 houses were destroyed in Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan and Aurora provinces.

Thirteen people died as Santi strike Luzon on Saturday. All five injuries were recorded in Zambales and three fishermen from Catanduanes are still missing.

Motorists brave the raging floodwaters brought about by Typhoon "Nari" to get across a highway at San Ildefonso township, Bulacan province. (AP)

Two people were pinned down by collapsed wall. The cause of death of an unidentified person in Aurora has yet to be determined.

Power outages also affected Aurora province, where Santi made landfall late Friday, and five nearby provinces due to downed pylons and emergency shutdowns that were intended to prevent accidents.

A total of 16,530 houses were damaged in Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan and Aurora while nearly 2,000 passengers remain stranded in different ports. Fifteen roads and seven bridges were affected in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region and National Capital Region due to flooding, uprooted trees and collapsed roadway.

Santi exited the Philippine area of responsibility early Sunday, but another typhoon is expected to enter the country by Monday morning, the state weather forecaster said.

Weather forecaster Fernando Cada said on Sunday that the weather agency is monitoring a typhoon internationally codenamed "Whipa" hovering off Pacific Ocean.

Once Whipa enters Philippines, it will be named "Tino," the third cyclone to visit the country this month and the 20th this year.

Wipha was estimated at 1,400 kilometers east of Northern Luzon as of 10 a.m. Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

It is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday morning but Cada said the typhoon will only stay briefly and not hit land.

Pagasa said Ilocos region, Mimaropa and the provinces of Cagayan and Aurora will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the Southwest to West over the rest of the country. Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. (AP/PNA/Virgil Lopez/Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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