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‘Odette’ cancels 40 int’l flights

40 International flights were canceled on Sunday as Super Typhoon Odette left the Philippine Area of Responsibility and headed for Hong Kong after killing two people and displacing thousands more in the north. The two fatalities drowned after their boat capsized in the waters of Aurora, while 4,191 families or 19,788 people were affected in Ilocos Norte. Two more people were missing and presumed dead. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Odette—international name Usagi—with maximum winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph, was moving west-northwest at 19 kph toward Hong Kong. Flag carrier Philippine Airlines canceled 15 flights, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways canceled eight, and low-coast carrier Cebu Pacific canceled 16. PAGASA said Odette will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rain over Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales. The Metro Manila Development Authority said some parts of Metro Manila were flooded Sunday morning as a result of the downpours. With Florante S. Solmerin and the PNA  
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