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The damage on agriculture and infrastructure from the earlier typhoon in the Philippines was estimated at $200 million. Rice and vegetables could be obtained from the country’s south in case of supply shortfalls due to damaged farms and blocked roads in the north, officials said.

Nalgae was the 17th weather disturbance this year to batter the disaster-prone Philippines, which is lashed by about 20 storms and typhoons annually. A low pressure area has been monitored 435 miles (700 kilometers) off the archipelago and could either dissipate or strengthen into another storm in the next few days, forecaster Gener Quitlong said.


Associated Press writers Oliver Teves in Manila, Margie Mason in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Scott McDonald in Beijing contributed to this report.