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Hope Wanes for Those Missing in Storm

November 11, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Tropical Storm Lingling intensified into a typhoon and blew toward Vietnam after killing at least 148 people and leaving 177 missing in central and southern Philippine provinces.

Officials said they were losing hope of finding survivors among the missing, including 119 people in the island province of Camiguin.

"At this stage, there will be no more survivors," said Camiguin Gov. Pedro Romualdo, "but we are still continuing our recovery efforts."

Lingling strengthened into a typhoon with winds of 132 mph, the Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center said. Lingling was 370 miles east of central Vietnam and was expected to come ashore by Monday.

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