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November 6, 1995 | From Associated Press
Inside the village hall, a middle-aged woman wept openly as she squatted before a row of four whitewashed coffins. "These are my children. They're gone," Marina Regencia said Sunday between sobs, pointing to the coffins of her 10- and 8-year-old daughters, 4-year-old son and month-old boy. A fifth child was still missing. The bodies were among 37 fished out of Calauag Bay on Friday and Saturday, after the 125-m.p.h.
November 5, 1995 | From Associated Press
The death toll from Typhoon Angela soared from 79 to more than 250 Saturday, with more than half of those killed in a province struck by high waves at the height of the storm, officials said. Dozens more people were reported missing in the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines in a decade. Thousands have been left homeless, their houses flooded or flattened by Angela's 125-m.p.h. winds.
July 4, 1993 | From Associated Press
Rescuers gave up their search late Saturday for more bodies of people who were aboard a floating shrine that capsized in a fast-moving river and killed at least 315 people. Officials were unsure how many people were aboard the shrine, which was made up of three barges with a three-tiered altar and a huge crucifix. The shrine was part of the nine-day "Crucifix at the River" festival that celebrates a local legend of people seeing a miraculous cross.
More than 2,300 people were reported killed and tens of thousands left homeless after a tropical storm triggered deadly flash floods and mudslides in the central Philippines, relief officials said Wednesday. Officials said the death toll from Tuesday's Tropical Storm Thelma is likely to grow substantially. At least 1,500 people were missing and feared dead. "We believe there will be many more dead," said Lourdes Masing, director of disaster preparation and relief for the Philippine Red Cross.
August 11, 1991 | BOB DROGIN, Bob Drogin is The Times' Manila bureau chief. Marissa Roth is a Los Angeles-based photographer working on a book about the plight of Philippine children.
It is a surreal scene. For mile after mile along the Philippines' South China Sea coast, a thick blanket of ash has choked rivers and streams, crushed tall trees and homes and buried fertile fields and steep hills alike in a deathly shroud of gray. Cats, cars and clothes all bear the same chalky pallor. Under a harsh sun, ash glistens like snow on distant mountains.
August 22, 1991 | Reuters
Mudflows from Mt. Pinatubo volcano killed 24 people, buried houses and toppled bridges, forcing tens of thousands to flee to high ground in the northern Philippines, officials said Wednesday. Air force helicopters plucked trapped villagers from rooftops in Santa Rita in Pampanga province, 30 miles north of Manila, army Maj. Fredelito Alegre said. Monsoon rains Tuesday set off the biggest avalanche of mud and volcanic rock from Pinatubo's slopes since the volcano first erupted June 9.
Rescue crews and relief supplies began to trickle into this stricken resort and university city Wednesday as hope faded for hundreds of people believed trapped under collapsed buildings as a result of Monday's earthquake. Medical officials warned of possible epidemics as tens of thousands of residents huddled for a third day in tattered tents and makeshift shelters in parks and streets. Drenched by daily rains, many complained that they had no food, water or medicine.
The death toll from Monday's earthquake soared to 659, including a U.S. Marine pilot surveying quake damage who was killed Friday when his small observation plane crashed into a wooded mountain outside the devastated city of Baguio. Another Marine was hurt in the crash, bringing the latest official figures for quake-related injuries to more than 1,300.
July 22, 1990 | From Associated Press
Filipino miners burrowed beneath the ruins of a hotel Saturday in hopes of rescuing people who may be alive five days after a massive earthquake struck, killing at least 767 people. But rescue efforts were delayed after small aftershocks rattled Baguio and Manila, 130 miles to the south. The tremors cracked the walls of the Baguio cathedral. The official death toll from Monday's magnitude 7.7 quake rose to 767 as more bodies were discovered Saturday.
July 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
A man rescued Monday 14 days after an earthquake buried him in the basement of a luxury hotel said that while trapped in the darkness, he often wished he were dead and even tried to kill himself. Pedrito Dy, a cook and part-time fitness instructor, was the third survivor since Friday to be pulled from the ruins of the Hyatt Terraces Hotel in the resort of Baguio. Dy, 27, was flown to Manila for treatment. Dr. Raul Morena said Dy's athletic build protected him from serious injury in the 7.
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