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Typhoon Peipah Lashes the Northern Philippines November 9, 2007
The spiraling bands of Typhoon Peipah can be seen passing over the northern Philippines.
At least nine people were left dead in the northern Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Peipah while Vietnam prepared for additional severe flooding when the storm arrived on Saturday.

Five of the fatalities occurred in Isabela province, 200 miles (330 km) north of Manila, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm.

Peipah, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (105 km/h) and significantly higher gusts, toppled power transmission lines and triggered flash flooding.

After losing force over Luzon Island, the storm headed across the South China Sea toward Vietnam as a tropical depression.

Officials in that flood-ravaged country were forced to prepare for the sixth such storm so far this season. Last week, floods killed at least 50 people in the central provinces and destroyed major infrastructure, according to the Thanh Nien daily.

Hundreds of houses were also damaged and at least 50,000 other houses submerged by water.

Vietnamese meteorologists said the floods in central provinces stretching from Quang Binh to Binh Thuan and in the central highlands could rise again when the storm hits.

Thank Nien reported that emergency officials in Quang Nam province planned to evacuate 130,000 residents to higher ground before Peipah arrived over the weekend.

Typhoon Peipah track

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