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Tropical storm Aere kills 15 in Philippines

by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) May 10, 2011
Fifteen people were killed and nearly 70,000 people were forced from their homes as tropical storm Aere pummelled the Philippines, the government said Tuesday.

The death toll from Aere, which hit on Sunday, was raised from nine, with six more people reported killed in floods, landslides and road accidents, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center said.

However, after two days of heavy rains across the main island of Luzon, the storm had weakened and was exiting the northern Philippines on Tuesday morning, according to the national weather bureau.

"(The storm) is moving away from the country in a north, northeast direction," the bureau said, adding it was expected to move close to Japan's southwest coast by Thursday.

It said Aere's maximum sustained winds had fallen to 65 kilometres (40.3 miles) an hour, from 85 kilometres (52.7 miles) an hour on Sunday.

The disaster agency said that nearly 70,000 people had been forced to leave their storm-hit homes on Luzon, and the initial estimate of damages to the farming sector was more than $2.7 million.

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Taiwan issues warning against storm Aere
Taipei (AFP) May 9, 2011
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau on Monday issued a sea warning against storm Aere, saying it may unleash heavy rains on parts of the island, after it lashed the Philippines and killed nine people there. Aere - the first storm to threaten the island this year - may set off torrential rains in the island's east and south if it moves along the forecast route within the next few days, the bure ... read more

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