More Than 40 Killed In Typhoon
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Typhoon Mike roared into the South China Sea on Wednesday after killing more than 40 people across the central Philippines. First reports indicated severe devastation in a major industrial center.
About 100 people were missing and 320,000 jammed schools, offices and makeshift evacuation centers. President Corazon Aquino, who returned Wednesday from Japan, declared 30 of the country’s 73 provinces disaster areas.
Unconfirmed radio reports put the death toll at about 30 in Cebu, a city of more than a half million people and the country’s second most important transport and industrial center after Manila.
Telephone lines to the city were cut and residents reached by radio from Manila, 350 miles to the north, said hundreds of buildings were damaged and the city was without electricity.
Nineteen ships sank in the storm, including 17 in Cebu harbor.
Radio station DYHP in Cebu, which reported the 40 deaths, said about 90 percent of all houses built of wood were damaged or destroyed.
Crisologo Enriquez, the Manila weather bureau’s chief forecaster, said the typhoon, which roared into the country early Tuesday with peak winds of 150 mph, had weakened to 94 mph and was continuing west at 14 mph.
The Philippine coast guard said 25 crew members were missing after the ship Dona Roberta sank near Cagayan de Oro, about 500 miles south of Manila. Three sailors also were missing after their navy craft sank in Cebu harbor.
On Negros Island, officials said 32 people were killed and 61 were missing. Twenty-seven of the dead perished in a landslide in Isabela town, officials said. Five others drowned on the island.
Relief agencies said at least 4,200 houses had either been destroyed or damaged by the typhoon.
The typhoon, which roared into the Philippines on Tuesday, was the 14th to hit the country this year and struck the Leyte Island first.
Six people were killed either by drowning or crushed by falling trees on the island, the Office of Civil Defense said.
To the west on Panay Island, at least three people died, including a 10- year-old boy hit by a tree, officials said.
Three other bodies were recovered from the surf off Mindanao, second largest of the 7,100 Philippine islands, officials said.