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Storm Fung-Wong Kills Five, Displaces 200,000 on Path to Taiwan

MANILA, Philippines - Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding. Most schools on the main island of Luzon remained closed for a second day as a huge mopping-up operation began. Some public offices have reopened. "Some of our things are buried in mud, it will take awhile to clean up," a resident in Marikina City told Reuters while clearing up layers of mud and debris inside their residence.

Fung-Wong, with winds of 59 mph and gusts of 75 mph, slammed in the northern tip of the Philippines on Friday, cutting power in many areas and soaking rice and corn farms and bringing the capital to a near standstill. The storm, travelling north at 6 mph, is expected to hit the Taiwan on Monday, according to the state weather bureau. Alexander Pama, executive-director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said five people died, including a two-year-old girl who drowned in the capital.

- Reuters