More than 50 People Dead or Missing After Typhoon Strikes Manila

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 1:04 am (UTC-5)
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Emergency crews have begun clearing the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila from the damage caused by Typhoon Nesat, which left 18 people dead and 35 others missing.

The storm made landfall Tuesday on the eastern coast of the main island of Luzon and moved across the island with sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers an hour. The heavy winds downed trees and caused huge sea waves that crashed over seawalls in Manila Bay, flooding a hospital, several businesses and the U.S. Embassy.

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes ahead of Typhoon Nesat's landfall. However, schools, transit services, financial markets and government offices that were forced to shut down resumed operations Wednesday.

The storm has moved out over the South China Sea on a path toward China.

Meanwhile, Philippine forecasters say a tropical storm brewing in the Pacific Ocean is on track to make landfall on Luzon later this week.