26 May '11, 1pm

#Philippines : A l'approche du cyclone #Songda, des milliers de personnes évacuées.

#Philippines : A l'approche du cyclone #Songda, des milliers de personnes évacuées.

Policemen help repack rice as relief foods to be distributed to affected residents in Legazpi City Albay province. -- PHOTO: AFP MANILA (Philippines) - THOUSANDS of people along the eastern Philippine coastline were moving to temporary shelters on Thursday as a powerful typhoon packing strong winds and plenty of rain roared toward the country's north-east. Typhoon Songda was not expected to make landfall but will skirt along shores with winds of up to 150kmph and rainfall of 30mm, the government weather bureau said. 'It has a big radius, so it can affect many areas even if it does not make landfall,' said forecaster Mario Palafox. About 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, killing hundreds of people and destroying crops despite government efforts to minimize casualties and damage by ordering early evacuations. In central Albay province, Governor Joey Salceda sent mi...

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