Typhoon Mirinae Leaves 14 Dead, Four Missing in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Typhoon Mirinae killed at least 14 people in the Philippines before moving toward Vietnam and weakening, officials said Sunday.

Another four people were missing in the Philippines after the typhoon moved into the South China Sea, weakening to a tropical storm that was expected to weaken further before reaching Vietnam Monday, CNN reported.

Most of the dead and missing were in the Southern Luzon and Bicol regions, where the storm dropped as much as 5.8 inches of rain and crushed thousands of homes and other buildings with trees and debris, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said Sunday.

The typhoon was the fourth to hit the Philippines in a month. Typhoons Ketsana, Parma and Lupit left more than 850 people dead. Tens of thousands of people are still living in evacuation centers throughout the 7,000-island nation, authorities said.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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