Monday, September 28, 2009

Ketsana cancels jet flights; passengers stranded in Manila

Stranded passengers braved hunger and the cold weather at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2. Flights were either canceled or delayed as typhoon Ketsana strikes Metro Manila. At least 73 people were dead and more than 300,000 are displaced by the typhoon.(Photo by Karlos Manlupig)
MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / September 28, 2009) – Dozens of people were killed and at least 32 others are missing as typhoon Ketsana headed Monday to Vietnam.

The typhoon left a trail of destruction in the Philippines, leaving more than 300,000 people either without homes or affected by flash floods. Many areas in Metro Manila are submerged and rescuers were plucking out people on rooftops and trees.

Electricity was cut in flooded areas and classes in many schools were suspended until further notice from Education officials. Many people were also stranded in airports and seaports across the country.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council said close to 8,000 people had been rescued since Saturday.

Ketsana was one of the worst typhoons that hit the Philippines in recent years. (With a report from Karlos Manlupig)

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