09/27/2011, 00.00
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Philippines, four dead and 150 thousand people displaced by the passage of Typhoon Nesat

The typhoon hit the central island of Luzon with torrential rains and winds over 170 km. Experts say it is the strongest since 2009. Fears of rivers of mud in the Mayon volcano area, 170 km from Manila.
Manila (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The provisional toll from the overnight passage of typhoon Nesat is of four dead, several missing and more than 100 thousand displaced. The typhoon hit the Philippines with heavy rains and winds over 170 km / h. In Manila, some neighbourhoods are flooded and the authorities have closed schools, universities, offices and invited citizens to stay indoors. Meteorologists expect waves of four meters along the coast of the island of Luzon (Philippines Centre and North) and fear floods and landslides. In the coming days Nesat will reach the coasts of China.

In these hours, special teams are monitoring the agricultural areas on the slopes of the Mayon Volcano (Albay, 340 km south-east of Manila) where they fear rivers of mud known as "lahar". The authorities have already evacuated some 50 thousand people. Lahars are caused by the landslide of the walls of volcanic ash deposited during the various eruptions and can achieve a speed of 300 km / h in their descent. In 2006, over 1600 people killed were killed by the rivers of mud from Mount Mayon.

Each year dozens of typhoons hit the Philippines, causing deaths and serious damage to crops and infrastructure. Nesat is the 16th typhoon of 2011 and is considered the strongest of the last two years. Between September and October 2009 the country was crippled by the passage of tropical storm Ketsana and typhoon Parma which in Manila alone left over a thousand dead and three million displaced. Some areas of the city and the northern Philippines remained flooded for months and even today still suffer damage from the storm and typhoon.
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