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Gorio leaves 13K stranded

TYPHOON “Gorio” spared Metro Manila as it changed its course on its way out of the country after developing into a storm, lashing Samar, Bicol, the Southern Tagalog provinces and Western Luzon and leaving more than 13,000 stranded at its height. Gorio changed its course and headed toward Zambales, weathermen said. Nevertheless, Gorio flooded seven areas in Mandaluyong City and Makati, particularly Del Pilar Street which was inundated by knee-deep floodwaters. The storm was expected to exit the country at dawn today, but weathermen said it might still not be safe for small vessels to venture out into the western seaboard as Gorio could still enhance the southwest monsoon. “If the storm had hit north of Metro Manila like Ondoy, it would have flooded many areas,” Vicente Malano, acting administrator of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said in a radio interview. Gorio made landfall seven times: In Eastern Samar, Sdorsogon, Burias Island, Marinduque, Calapan, Batangas and Lubang Island. Gorio, the third weather disturbance to hit the country, dumped heavy rain and tripped power lines in Samar, Laguna, portions of Quezon province, Romblon and Marinduque. Heavy rain enhanced by the southwest monsoon triggered landslides in Masbate, Daraga in Albay and Biliran in Leyte, making many roads impassable as Gorio hit the Bicol region Saturday night and whipped Quezon and Batangas before moving toward Zambales. At least 23 domestic flights were canceled. Officials had reported no casualties as of Sunday afternoon, but said 1,685 people in 10 villages in Albay were hit hardest by torrential rain. Some 13,000 passengers, 87 vessels, 1,086 rolling cargo ships and 30 outriggers were stranded in various ports in the Visayas, Bicol and Southern Tagalog, disaster officials said. The Department of Social Welfare and Development readied 138.25 million worth of relief. In Baguio City, commuters were warned of  possible rock slides along Kenon Road, Marcos Highway and the Agoo Road.
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