Tropical Storm Moves Out After Killing 16 People in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A tropical storm moved into the South China Sea today after killing at least 16 people in the capital and in central Luzon, according to authorities.
Schools and most businesses that had been closed because of the storm reopened today.
Storm warnings were lifted in the Manila area, but remained in effect for the Bataan peninsula and the western provinces of Zambales and Pangasinan.
The storm, generated by a tropical depression, poured more than 20 inches of rain on Manila area, forcing about 40,000 people to flee their homes Monday.
The Philippine navy sent amphibious landing craft to rescue people stranded in flooded neighborhoods on Manila Bay.
Among those saved were about 2,000 college students, their families and friends, marooned on Corregidor Island at the bay’s entrance, after going there Sunday for a picnic sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Police said 38 convicts in a southern suburb escaped in the confusion caused by the storm Monday. They were still at large today.
The storm hit Sunday, and Manila newspapers quoted officials as saying its effects were heightened by equipment failures.
The Manila Bulletin said flood waters inundated downtown streets because of failure of pumping stations on the Pasig River, which flows through the city center.