Thousands Displaced as Nida Whips Philippines

More than 16,000 people were displaced or stranded in the eastern and central Philippines on May 17 as hurricane-force winds from Typhoon Nida forced ports to close, officials said. The coastguard suspended domestic shipping in areas in the path of the typhoon, which was streaking northwest with maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers (105 miles) an hour and with gusts of 205 kilometers an hour. Nida slammed into Catanduanes, an eastern island of more than 200,000 people, mid-morning, the weather bureau said. Local news reports of deadly landslides on the island could not be independently confirmed.

19/05/2004

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