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Landslide kills at least 3 in N. Philippines

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MANILA, Aug 07, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Gusty winds and torrential rains spawned by typhoon Morakot (locally known as "Kiko") triggered landslides in the northern Philippine city of Baguio, one of which crashed into a residential house and killed all three members of a family, the authorities said Friday.

Olive Luces, regional director of the Philippine Office of Civil Defense, said rescue operations are ongoing in other affected areas while the victims of the landslide are being retrieved in Baguio, Benguet province, the Philippine News Agency reported.

The authorities have suspended school classes and electricity distributors temporarily cut power to various areas to attend to transformers and other installation busted by the gusty winds.

Weather forecasters said that the strong typhoon was about 270 kilometers southeast of the Taiwan island's eastern Yilan county early Friday morning and was expected to make a landfall in the evening between Hualien and Yilan counties in the southeast of the island.