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Filipinos use umbrellas to protect them from the sun as they flock to Manila's north cemetery, Philippines, to observe All Saints Day on Sunday. The sun shone in the capital a day after a strong typhoon hit the country leaving more than a dozen people dead.
updated 11/1/2009 12:07:38 PM ET 2009-11-01T17:07:38

A tropical storm roared toward Vietnam on Sunday after battering the Philippine capital and surrounding provinces, leaving 20 people dead in a region still soggy from three recent storms.

Typhoon Mirinae weakened Sunday as it headed over the South China Sea. It was expected to strike Vietnam's central coast around noon Monday.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered residents to begin evacuating high-risk areas of five coastal provinces and ordered Vietnamese fishermen in the South China Sea to seek shelter immediately.

The two countries are still recovering from Typhoon Ketsana, which brought the Philippine capital, Manila, its worst flooding in 40 years and went on to kill more than 160 people in Vietnam in late September.

Ketsana and two later storms killed more than 900 in the Philippines. Some 87,000 people who fled the storms were still living in temporary shelters when Mirinae struck.

The latest typhoon left 20 dead, mostly from drowning, in six provinces. Four people were missing, disaster response officials said.

The storm did not keep the largely Roman Catholic country from paying respects to the dead on All Saints Day on Sunday. Huge crowds jammed cemeteries, with some people visiting still-flooded ones by boat.

In Rizal province, just east of Manila, villagers carrying flowers and candles paddled canoes into a rural cemetery that resembled a lake.

Joel Librilla thrust his hands into the waist-high waters to feel the letters on submerged tombstones in a search for his mother's grave.

"We don't know where to light our candles," Librilla told the Associated Press Television News. "But my mother should know that this is for her."

Forecasters said they were watching a low pressure area 379 miles (610 kilometers) off the country's eastern coast over the Pacific, but it was too early to tell if it will develop into yet another storm.

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Photos: Typhoon Mirinae hits storm weary Philippines

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  1. Residents of the Philippine town of Taytay collect what's left pf their homes on Saturday, Oct. 31, after waves from Typhoon Mirinae washed them away. Dozens of homes in coastal areas were swept away in the fourth typhoon faced by the country in four weeks. The first two claimed more than 900 lives. (Francis R. Malasig / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Residents of Santa Cruz, south of Manila, get around on foot Saturday after new floodwaters cut of motorized transport. (Ted Aljibe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Residents peer out of their destroyed home Saturday in Bacoor, a town on Manila Bay. (Erik De Castro / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A refrigerator that had been washed away is salvaged Saturday in Taytay. (Francis R. Malasig / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A downed power line is repaired Saturday in suburban Manila. (Mike Alquinto / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A fish vendor uses candles to show his catch after a power outage caused by Typhoon Mirinae in Bacoor on Saturday. (Erik De Castro / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Most of the town of Santa Cruz, is swamped by floodwaters Saturday. (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Fishermen keep at it Saturday even as a swollen river rises up to this footbridge in the town of Caluan, south of Manila. (Ted Aljibe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A father and his sons wade through floodwaters in Santa Cruz. (Bullit Marquez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Rescuers paddle towards a flooded home in Taytay on Saturday. (Francis R. Malasig / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Debris from destroyed homes is salvaged Saturday in the town of Cardona. (Francis R. Malasig / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. A python caught in floodwaters Saturday is displayed in Taytay. (Francis R. Malasig / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Wind and rain from the typhoon make for an unpleasant walk for these residents of Bacoor on Saturday. (Francis R. Malasig / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. A Manila resident tries to fix the roof of his home at the height of Typhoon Mirinae on Saturday. (Ted Aljibe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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