Storm kills 11 in Philippines

May 9, 2011 at 6:48 AM
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MANILA, Philippines, May 9 (UPI) -- Tropical storm Aere, blamed for at least 11 deaths in the Philippines, headed Monday toward provinces on northern Luzon Island and began to lose strength.

Disaster officials warned villagers in the country's agriculture regions in the north to be alert for landslides and flash floods.

Aere roared into the Philippines Sunday, bringing with it heavy rains and winds that knocked out power in some areas and triggered landslides and flooding, the Philippine Star reported.

Those killed included three who died after their house was buried in a landslide in Camarines Sur province's Balatan township, authorities said. Several others drowned in neighboring regions. One person was electrocuted.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Aere, locally named Bebeng, was forecast to move out of the country or dissipate by Tuesday morning.

"We're advising residents in high-risk areas to pre-emptively evacuate before the storm hits," said Chito Castro with the disaster-response agency, the Star reported.

The storm affected more than 50 domestic and international flights.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's return home from Indonesia was delayed, the report said.

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