MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon Kirogi gained strength Wednesday as it started blowing out of the northern Philippines, swamping cities and farms in floods and killing at least seven people.
Meanwhile, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 -- followed by aftershocks -- shook the Batanes Islands, one of the typhoon-battered regions at the country's northern tip. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Some villagers have reported that the temblor caused damage to their homes but officials could not immediately confirm any damage because of pounding rains, government seismologist Leo Bautista said.
The typhoon, along with a tropical depression blowing off the western coast of the northern main island of Luzon, have brought heavy rains as far as the central Philippines in the past two days. It set off floods that displaced thousands of families and forced school closures.
Forecasters said Typhoon Kirogi was located about 620 miles off the eastern side of northern Luzon on Wednesday afternoon, moving north toward Japan with sustained winds of 102 mph and gusts of up to 124 mph.
In the northern mountain resort city of Baguio, mud and a large tree slid down a mountain and buried a house, killing a couple. In Malolos north of Manila, a guard died when he was swept away while trying to cross a swollen river.
Two men drowned and a boy died after falling into a manhole in metropolitan Manila on Tuesday. A woman was killed and her daughter was injured by a boulder that rolled down a hill and into their house in Tanay east of Manila, disaster officials said.
At least 16,000 families have been moved to more than 40 school buildings and town halls used as temporary shelters in metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces.
Strong waves in Manila Bay capsized a four-story barge that serves as the kitchen of the Jumbo Palace, a four-story floating restaurant. No one was injured.
The military deployed trucks to help evacuate residents from flooded areas in three Manila suburbs.
The typhoon and the tropical depression sucked in the southwest monsoon, bringing torrential rains to Luzon and the central Visayas region.
Floodwaters, some more than 10 feet high, swamped many villages in the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan and Bataan in the central Luzon region, affecting thousands of people, disaster management officials said.
Rescue teams used rubber dinghies to evacuate residents living near overflowing rivers, officials said.
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