No Deaths as Typhoon Parma Slams Into Philippines

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 3, 2009 5:50 AM CDT
A mother floats her daughter through floodwaters in Taytay township, Rizal province east of Manila, Philippines, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009.    (Wally Santana)
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(Newser) – Typhoon Parma slammed into the Philippines today, knocking down trees and power pylons with powerful winds and pelting the already sodden country with more heavy rain, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. The storm—the country's second in eight days—roared ashore in the northern province of Cagayan at mid afternoon, heading in the direction of Taiwan,  where evacuations of southern villages were under way.

Tens of thousands of people were moved to safe ground across the Philippines ahead of the typhoon, which came on the heels of another storm on Sept. 26 that killed at least 288 people in the worst flooding in four decades in the Southeast Asian country. But Parma was not expected to cause as much damage as the earlier storm, Ketsana. It changed course overnight and largely bypassed Manila, the capital, which in many parts was still under chest-deep water.