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Bad weather still in N Philippines as flooding takes place in south

By Xinhua

Manila : An inter-tropical convergence zone extending across northern Philippines will bring rains and thunderstorms over central and northern part of the country in coming days, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Sunday.

“Central and northern Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening,” it said in an advisory.

The Philippines is still recovering from a strong typhoon which devastated many parts in the part country last month, killing hundreds and causing the capsizing of a passenger ferry with over 800 people on board.

Hundreds of missing fishermen in the typhoon are still unaccounted for, said the Philippine Red Cross on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a major river near the southern city of Cotabato in Mindanao, Pulangi River, has been clogged by tons of marsh grassland brought about by typhoon last month, said local TV reports.

Marsh grassland pushed midstream during the onslaught of typhoon “Fengshen”, locally called “Frank”, accumulated and clogged the Pulangi River, causing floods in the city and in villages downstream, said the reports.

Having failed to stop the flooding, local authorities in the city, which has a majority Muslim population, have urged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to send emergency rescue teams to help clear the clogging.