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Storm kills 11 people in the Philippines

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The death toll from tropical storm Aere (locally known as "Bebeng") rose to eleven while one person was missing, reported the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on May 9.

The storm lashed the eastern province of Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometres per hour.

Disaster officials warned villagers in northern Philippines to be on guard for landslides and flash floods, while fishermen and ferries in the storm's path were advised to stay ashore.

Residents living in high-risk areas, which are prone to landslides and floods, are also asked to evacuate before the storm hits.

Aere has caused more than 50 domestic and international flights to be cancelled or diverted. The Filipino President, Benigno Aquino III, had to delay his flight home from Indonesia by a day, due to the bad weather.

Aere is the second storm this year to batter the Philippines , which is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms each year./.
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