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One dead as hundreds flee false tsunami alert in Philippines

Published on Jul 23, 2014 4:44 PM
 
Boys watch waves slamming along a bay brought by Typhoon Matmo, locally named Henry in Navotas city, metro Manila on July 22, 2014. A false tsunami alarm left one person dead and prompted hundreds of others to flee their homes in the Philippines, where natural disasters are frequent, a civil defence official said Wednesday, July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - A false tsunami alarm left one person dead and prompted hundreds of others to flee their homes in the Philippines, where natural disasters are frequent, a civil defence official said Wednesday.

The cause of the sudden panic that hit Candelaria 88km south of Manila and other impoverished towns is still being investigated, said Henry Buzar, head of the area's disaster management council.

A 63-year-old woman who was fleeing on a motorised tricycle had a heart attack and died, Buzar said, citing a local hospital.

"We really don't know where the rumour came from. We suddenly received information that there were some people evacuating from the area" late Tuesday he told AFP.

 
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