WARNING: Super Typhoon Pepeng

Pepeng could strengthen into a "super typhoon," a designation given to storms with sustained winds exceeding 200 km/h. It was carrying less rain than Udoy, but the stronger winds could be very destructive, he said.

A man transports his child in a basin through flood waters brought on by Typhoon Udoy near Manila on Thursday. (John Javellana/Reuters)World Vision, a non-government agency helping people in all weather-affected countries, said the new storm could hamper aid delivery.

"Families are now just starting to pick up what was left of their lives," said Elnora Avarientos, World Vision's chief in the Philippines. "Now, I'm afraid …Typhoon Parma would make it a lot harder for the affected families to cope and for the relief … agencies to respond."

The storm could still change course and miss the Philippines, Cruz said.

"I hope the typhoon will hit another place," said Glen Juban, whose family was washed from the roof of their shanty by floodwaters last Saturday. Juban, his wife and son,13, survived but his four-year-old daughter drowned.

"We've been hit so hard," he said. "The situation now is just so difficult and I don't know if we can take some more — another calamity."

Officials in Vietnam raised the death toll from Udoy to 92 on Thursday. Cambodia's rose to 14. The storm was deadliest in the Philippines, with 280 killed.

Steady rain fell in Manila on Thursday after several days of clear skies, making conditions miserable for more than two million people whose homes were lined with slushy mud by the worst flooding in four decades.


SOURCE:http://www.cbc.ca

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