October 31, 1995 in Nation/World

Philippines, Left Reeling By Zack, Braces For More

Associated Press

A powerful new storm headed toward the Philippines on Monday just as the nation took stock of the damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Zack, which killed at least 117 people.

Regional disaster officials said at least 75 people died in Negros Occidental, a province about 380 miles south of Manila that took the brunt of the storm. Another 20 people were killed in nearby Iloilo province, where floodwaters were as deep as 10 feet in some city streets.

Other towns and regions reported a total of 22 fatalities.

Zack slammed into the central Visayas islands Saturday and Sunday with peak winds of 65 mph. It destroyed hundreds of houses, roads and bridges, knocked out power supplies in many areas, and sank ferries and boats.

Meteorologist Ludy Alviar said the new storm, named Angela, is just as strong as Zack, with peak winds of 65 mph and gusts up to 84 mph. It was moving at 4 mph toward the eastern Visayas and the coast of the northern island of Luzon.

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