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Philippines Cleans Up After Typhoon Kills 13

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A man removes debris from his vehicle along a road in Arayat, Pampanga, that was hit by Typhoon Nari in the northern Philippines, October 13, 2013.

A man removes debris from his vehicle along a road in Arayat, Pampanga, that was hit by Typhoon Nari in the northern Philippines, October 13, 2013.

Officials in the Philippines say a major cleanup is under way after Typhoon Nari pounded the country Saturday, leaving at least 13 people dead in its wake.

Authorities said Sunday that the military and civilian relief workers are struggling to clear toppled trees and restore electricity to more than 2 million people in the rice-growing central plains of Luzon.

Nari slammed into the east coast around midnight (1600 UTC) Friday and blew into the East China Sea on Sunday.

Thousands of people were evacuated from coastal villages before the typhoon struck.

Meanwhile, the state weather bureau has issued another warning for the country's east. It said Tropical Storm Wipha could reach Philippine waters by Monday. However, forecasters said if the storm remains on track, it could pass to the north of the archipelago.

Nari forced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to cancel a trip to Manilla scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Kerry told reporters Thursday the he will try to reschedule the trip in the coming weeks.
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