Typhoon Sarika Flood deaths rise in Vietnam as typhoon closes in

At least 11 people have died with several more missing in heavy flooding in central Vietnam state media said

THE Philippines is preparing for a much stronger typhoon that will be named "Lawin" after "Karen" left the country on Sunday, an official said Monday.

Haima will have the potential to threat Luzon, Philippines, Taiwan and southern China from the middle of the week.

It is expected to intensify even further before making landfall in the Cagayan area by Thursday morning, October 20.

Typhoon Sarika dumped heavy rains and unleashed strong winds on northern rice-growing regions, but there were no confirmed casualties, said disaster officials.

People collect recyclable materials washed ashore, after Typhoon Sarika passed north of the capital overnight but hit parts of northern Luzon island. The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 knots (92 miles per hour) and gusts up to 100 knots, according to the latest report from U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. But 36 others remained stranded in the highlands, according to police and firefighters who were trying to rescue them.

Therefore, along with the dangers of storm surge flooding and damaging winds, rainfall flooding and landslides would also be major threats in Luzon, given saturated ground from Sarika/Karen.

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On Friday the area was drenched in a month's worth of rain, in a single day sending rivers and creeks over their banks and flooding low-lying farming villages, according to Beo.

Eight mountaineers and four residents went missing in Aurora province, while 1,940 families were evacuated in seven towns, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

Mendoza said Haima is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) but is heading toward the country, moving over Pacific waters where it continues to draw energy needed to intensify.

Typhoon Sarika forced the cancellation of about 160 domestic and global flights on Sunday and stranded more than 6,500 travelers in seaports, disaster officials said.

Jalad said Typhoon Sarika did not cause "that serious" damage compared with what had been initially expected.