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    37 dead as 'Agaton' batters Philippines

    THIRTY-SEVEN persons were killed from flashfloods and landslides as tropical depression "Agaton" continues to batter Southern Philippines, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Coordinating Council (NDRRMC) reported Saturday.
    Weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said “Agaton” maintains its strength and continues to move slowly towards 11 provinces in Central and Southern Philippines.
    Escullar said that as of 4 a.m. “Agaton” was located at 170 km northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur or 175 km East of Surigao City (9.7°N 127.1°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is expected to move west at 5 kph.
    She said the presence of two high-pressure areas (HPAs) off the Pacific Ocean continue to prevent “Agaton” from moving faster.
    The weather bureau also expects “Agaton” to make landfall in Surigao on Saturday evening or Sunday if it continues to maintain its movement and speed.
    However, Escullar said that once “Agaton” hits land it would weaken into a low pressure area (LPA).
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