(AFP) – Oct 4, 2009
MANILA — The northern Philippines was hit with further downpours Monday after Typhoon Parma caused landslides and floods that killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday.
Although Parma was downgraded to a tropical storm, it continued to hover off the coast and send torrential rain over the northern tip of Luzon island as approaching Typhoon Melor acted like a magnet and held it in its place.
The government weather service said Parma had dumped 402.6 millimetres (16 inches) of rain over Laoag, the capital of Ilocos Norte, and surrounding regions since Sunday morning.
Rainfall levels hit 417 millimetres in Vigan city, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the south, it added.
This was about the same volume of water unleashed by tropical storm Ketsana that submerged 80 percent of Manila a week earlier and killed nearly 300 people. Related article: Philippine schools reopen
The National Disaster Coordinating Council said 16 people died due to Parma, which hit the east coast of Luzon on Saturday, with 10 of those fatalities occurring in two landslides.
Chief weather forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said Parma was not moving because Typhoon Melor was holding it in its place, while a high-pressure area on the Asian mainland was stopping it from approaching there.
Cruz said Melor was not expected to hit the Philippines but more rain was still forecast over the country's north early this week.
The weather service warned those living in low-lying areas or near mountain slopes to "take all the necessary precautionary measures against flash floods and landslides".
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