‘Pedring’ slams Luzon; baby drowns

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MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Pedring” (international codename: Nesat) slammed into the Philippines Tuesday, killing at least one person, a baby, as it brought heavy rain and strong wind that blew away roofs, uprooted small trees and toppled power lines.

The Philippines endures about 20 storms annually, many of them deadly, but authorities warned that Pedring was one of the largest to hit the country this year with its rain and wind path twice as big as average storms.

BRAVING ‘PEDRING’. Maintenance crew from the Department of Public Works and Highways brave strong winds to clear Agham road in Quezon City of fallen trees caused by Typhoon “Pedring”. Maximum winds of 140 kilometers per hour with gustiness of up to 170 kilometers per hour have been recorded by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

“This typhoon is very wide in diameter, about 650 kilometers [400 miles], and covers most of [the main island of] Luzon,” Science Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, who supervises the country’s weather bureau, told reporters.

Pedring hit the northeastern side of Luzon before dawn, bringing maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers (87 miles) an hour and gusts clocking in at 170 kilometers an hour.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said a baby died when he fell into a swollen river in the eastern province of Catanduanes.

Four other people were missing and there were fears the death toll would rise throughout the day.

The agricultural provinces of Isabela and Aurora were the most heavily affected initially, although storm alerts were also hoisted in over 40 other areas, including Metro Manila, the state weather bureau said.

The presidential palace announced the suspension of all classes and work for government agencies in Manila and other affected areas.

Some roads around Manila, a sprawling megacity of more than 12 million people, were impassable on Tuesday morning due to flooding and falling debris, including branches that had been ripped off trees.

The Philippine Stock Exchange also suspended trading, while operations of Manila’s main overhead railway system ground to a halt due to a power outage, stranding passengers in the morning rush hour, officials said.

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  • Pablo Juan

    they should be at least wearing helmets.

  • Anonymous

    there’s a positive effect however in these never-failed-to-visit typhoons which that is the bonding of the family staying at home. Those who have no children can forget about the RH Bill for a while, since the young and voluptuos wife is always looking fresh and ready for cobat after bathing under the rainshowers free of charge. The poor husband’s move is always predictable if not inevitable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    Is Mike Arroyo back from Germany?  He promised to return home in a week.  He might use the Typhoon Pedring as another alibi not to return.

    • Anonymous

      Why don’t we pray that “Pedring” will bring him back via hurricane?

  • Anonymous

    God bless my motherland..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYQ2UB7PHJ34WII42OSCOUGUXA yeoj

    President Benigno Aquino III on Monday gave a pledge letter for $1 million to the mayor of Ishinomaki City – while his country need this money for his own people (boss ba daw) hahahahha langyang buhay to

    • Anonymous

      That is a standard act of charity and goodwill for all head of state. Look at America he’s in debt of 14 trillions dollars and yet he give aids to needy nations

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TSX56EQOQIJQWG42MHQLSZOPXI Flugie

        True that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TSX56EQOQIJQWG42MHQLSZOPXI Flugie

    No matter how people lambast the DPWH and the MMDA, we can’t deny that people like these (who risk life and limb) to secure the safety passage of travelers deserve a pat on the back. 

    • Anonymous

      We also saw the high-risk efforts of Meralco service people to clear the pole of debris about 6 stories above. 

      No doubt, there were heroes throughout the day.  Thank you for those who cleared and repaired the damages.

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