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Asian Disasters Update

After hundreds died in the flooding from Typhoon Ketsana a week ago, the Philippines is now faced with Super Typhoon Parma striking in the same area. Ketsana was a strong tropical storm in the Philippines, but Parma looks like it will have category 4 strength when in comes ashore on Luzon.

While the Atlantic season has been mild so far, the Western Pacific has been much more active.

The death toll from the Samoan tsunami is about 150, but they have just started looking off shore, and hundreds are still missing. Australia alone is trying to trace 100 citizens.

The death toll in the Sumatran earthquake is at least 1,100, and it is expected to climb as more collapsed structures are searched. Many structures damaged by the 7.9 initial quake collapse during the 6.8 aftershock a day later.