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6 provinces brace for typhoon

October 03, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Officials evacuated tens of thousands of people from low-lying areas as they braced for a second huge storm in eight days.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a nationwide "state of calamity" and ordered mass evacuations of six provinces in the path of Typhoon Parma, which was expected to hit the main island of Luzon.

Parts of Manila still were awash from the worst floods in 40 years caused by Ketsana, which hit the Philippines as a tropical storm. Nearly 300 people were killed.

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