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Tropical Storm Dalila strengthens on way to west Mexico
by Staff Writers
Mexico City (AFP) July 01, 2013


Four children dead in Philippine storm: rescuers
Manila (AFP) July 01, 2013 - Four children drowned and three other people are missing in the central Philippines after a small boat overturned in rough seas churned by Tropical Storm Rumbia, rescuers said Monday.

The victims were from several families who were travelling between two tiny islands on Saturday, said Rosario Cabrera, regional head of the civil defence office.

"The (boat) overturned due to big waves," Cabrera said in a written report. Her office sent a copy to AFP.

The dead children were aged between one month and eight years, she said.

Two children and an elderly woman were listed as missing, while the boat captain managed to swim to the nearby large island of Panay to raise the alarm.

On Sunday fishermen rescued eight people including four minors who had clung to sections of the overturned boat for 23 hours, the report said.

Rumbia sliced across the centre of the country last weekend, disrupting ferry services, local aviation and power supplies, which were all later restored.

The storm is now racing across the South China Sea towards southern China.

Rain was beginning to fall on Mexico's west coast from Dalila, the fourth named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, which was gaining strength as it approached land, officials said Sunday.

"The center of Tropical Storm Dalila is gradually approaching the Michoacan and Colima coast, moving slowly toward the north-northwest," the Mexican National Meteorological System said in its latest report.

Meanwhile, the US National Hurricane Center in its latest advisory said the "outer rainbands of Dalila (were) beginning to move onshore" in southwestern Mexico.

Although the center of the tropical cyclone was expected to remain offshore, the Miami-based center warned "Dalila is still expected to produce tropical storm conditions within the warning area on Monday."

"Gradual strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Dalila could become a hurricane on Tuesday," it said.

At 0300 GMT, the storm was located about 150 miles (245 kilometers) south of the coastal tourist town of Manzanillo, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour.

It was moving to the northwest at 10 miles (17 kilometers) per hour.

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