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Typhoon Herb Gains Strength, Veers Toward Taiwan

July 30, 1996

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Typhoon Herb gained strength today as it veered away from the northern Philippines and chugged toward Taiwan.

At midday, Herb was packing sustained winds of 115 miles an hour and gusts of up to 135 miles mph. It was located over the Formosa Strait, about 345 miles east of Batanes Island, the northernmost province of the Philippines, forecaster Winnie Mancenido said.

It was moving west at 9 mph, she said, but was expected to keep dumping rain and isolated thunderstorms on many parts of the northern Philippines.

The National Disaster Coordinating Center said the death toll from last week’s destructive Typhoon Gloria had reached 50 people. Sixteen others remained missing and 39 more were injured.

Twenty-seven of those killed by Gloria were in the northwestern region of Ilocos. Most of the victims were living near the sea and were reported to have drowned.

Gloria forced more than 605,000 people from their homes. Preliminary estimates by the center placed the damage to agriculture and infrastructure at $50 million.

Rains dumped by Gloria also caused many landslides and destroyed many roads and bridges, isolating numerous communities, especially in the mountain provinces.

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