Typhoon Lupit Approaches the Battered Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 19 (UPI) — Preparing for its third typhoon of the year, the Philippines Monday put emergency teams on alert and began stockpiling food and water, officials said.

Typhoon Lupit hovered about 720 miles east of Cagayan, the Philippines northernmost province, packing sustained winds of 109 mph and was expected to make landfall Thursday, forecasters said.

Many parts of the Philippines still have not recovered from Typhoons Ketsana and Parma, which drenched the islands and left 858 people dead just weeks ago.

Landslides and storm surges caused by the two earlier storms collapsed villages and undermined roads and transportation systems throughout the Philippines.

Some areas remain waist-high in water and an estimated 189,000 residents were still living in evacuation shelters, local disaster officials told CNN.

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