Seven dead as Typhoon Nesat pounds Philippines

September 27, 2011 11:23

MANILA - Typhoon Nesat pounded the Philippines' main island on Tuesday, lashing crop-growing provinces and bringing the capital to a near standstill as it flooded roads, cut power supplies and closed financial markets, government offices, transport and schools.

At least seven people, including a 22-month-old boy, died in the storm, with four missing, the disaster agency said.

Nesat was a category 3 typhoon with winds of around 200 km per hour when it hit the northern provinces of Luzon island just before dawn on Tuesday, Tropical Storm Risk said.

It lost some strength as it moved west northwest across Luzon at about 20 kph, and the center was expected to clear the northwest coast later on Tuesday, although rains and winds would linger.

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