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MANILA — Manila residents waded through waist-deep floodwaters and dodged flying debris Tuesday as a powerful typhoon struck the Philippines, killing at least 16 people and sending waves as tall as palm trees crashing over seawalls.
Most deaths occurred in metropolitan Manila, which already was soaked by heavy monsoon rains ahead of Typhoon Nesat’s arrival with more downpours and wind gusts of up to 93 mph.
Downtown areas along Manila Bay suffered their worst flooding in decades. Soldiers and police scrambled to evacuate thousands of people in low-lying areas, where rivers and the sea spilled into shanties, hospitals, hotels and the seaside U.S. Embassy compound.
The massive flooding came exactly a day after this sprawling, coastal city of 12 million held two-year commemorations for the nearly 500 people killed during a 2009 storm, which dumped a month’s worth of rainfall in just 12 hours.
First post-Mubarak vote to begin Nov. 28
CAIRO — Egypt’s ruling military decreed Tuesday that the country’s first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster will begin Nov. 28, ending months of speculation on the timing of the key vote but failing to quell disagreement about how it will be run.
The elections for parliament’s two chambers will be staggered over several months, with the vote for the legislative People’s Assembly starting Nov. 28 and the less powerful Shura Council, the chamber’s upper house, on Jan. 29.
The first session for the People’s Assembly will be held March 17. The Shura Council will convene March 24.
The new parliament will not end the rule of Egypt’s military. It was decided in advance that the governing military council will remain in charge of the country until a new president is elected. No date has been set yet for the presidential elections.
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