August 9, 2007 / 5:20 AM / in 12 years

Tropical storm Wutip kills 3 in Philippines

A girl paddles a boat along a flooded street in San Agustin village, Candaba town, in Pampanga province north of Manila August 9, 2007. Three people were killed, 17 wounded and 13 were missing as tropical storm Wutip left the Philippines on Thursday, after causing floods and landslides in parts of the north. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

MANILA (Reuters) - Three people were killed, 17 wounded and 13 were missing as tropical storm Wutip left the Philippines on Thursday, after causing floods and landslides in parts of the north.

Tens of thousands of people were forced to seek shelter in public buildings in Manila and 13 northern provinces because of the damage caused by Wutip, the fourth storm to hit the Philippines this year.

The rain this week from Wutip and a previous tropical storm, Pabuk, ended a three-month spell that dried up dams and farms and threatened water rationing in the capital.

Glenn Rabonza, head of the civil defense office, said rescue and relief teams had been sent out to deliver food, medicines, warm clothes and fresh water to people marooned in isolated areas north of Manila.

Storms regularly hit the Philippines, and in one of the worst disasters in recent years more than 5,000 people died on the central island of Leyte in floods triggered by a typhoon.

Wutip, or butterfly, was now headed for Taiwan, weather officials said.

A boy was electrocuted in knee-deep flood water and died in Manila on Thursday, and 10 people were taken to hospitals for injuries from electric shocks, disaster relief officials said.

Two people were killed in landslides in the northern region of Luzon, where Wutip dumped heavy rains and blew winds up to 75 kph (45 mph), the Office of Civil defense said.

Seven people were injured in landslides in Antipolo City, about 20 km (12 miles) east of Manila, and in Zambales, northwest of Manila.

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