Luzon Island, Philippines Typhoon, Oct 1936


Storm, One of Worst in Islands'
History, Rages Across Luzon,
Just North of Manila


Swollen River Believed to Have
Swallowed Hundreds — Rise
in Casualty List Feared


Westbound Plane Held at Wake
Island — New Disturbance 450
Miles From Archipelago

MANILA, Monday, Oct. 12 — At
least 109 persons were killed by a
typhoon that swept across Luzon
Island Friday and Saturday. Four
hundred were reported missing today
and were believed to have been
washed away by flood waters.
Reports indicated the storm was
one of the worst in the history of
the Philippines from the point of
view of casualties.
Forty-seven bodies were recovered
from several villages in Nueva
Ecija Province, north of Manila,
and three persons were known to
have drowned in Camarines Norte
Province, east and slightly south of
The 400 missing were believed to
have been swept away by the flood
waters of the Pampanga River,
which rises in Nueva Ecija Province
and flows southward into
Manila Bay.
Loss of life was heavy in Cabanatuan,
provincial capital, and at
nearby Santa Rosa.
The China Clipper, at Wake Island,
3,000 miles away, watched the
course of the storm to determine
whether to delay her flight.
[A special dispatch received
from Wake Island last night said
the China Clipper was being held
there an extra day.]

New Storm to the East

A new typhoon, 450 miles east of
Northern Luzon was moving northnorthwest.
Observers said it probably
would miss the Phillippines
but might strike Southern Japan.
Weather forecasters here said the
new disturbance might delay Clipper
flights both into and out of Manila.
The earlier storm missed the Manila
area by only a few miles. Pampanga
province, northwest of the
metropolis, was reported hard hit
and many were said to be missing
Five Pampanga towns were flooded
and isolated. The storm raged
for forty hours in that area. Fears
were expressed that heavy casualties
would be found at Arayat, San
Simon, Candaba, San Luis and
All rivers were flooded. Hundreds
of houses were destroyed. Livestock
was drowned and crops
Twenty houses were swept away
at Cabanatuan and about sixty
townspeople were missing. Several
villages were flooded to a depth of
six feet.
Three of the known dead were
in Tarlac province, to the west of
Neuva Ecija. A storm also struck
Iloilo, provincial capital far south
of here. No casualties were reported
but there was heavy damage.

Plane Held at Wake Island

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Company and NANA, Inc.

WAKE ISLAND, Monday, Oct.
12. — The China Clipper is being delayed
here one day because of a
typhoon in the vicinity of Guam.
The Clipper alighted on the lagoon
here . yesterday afternoon after a
flight of eight hours forty-one minutes
from Midway Island.
The passengers find the delay
pleasing because of the excellent
hotel, the swimming and the fishing
Advices from Manila report that
the Hawaii Clipper has been delayed
there since Friday on account
of the same storms.
Wake Island really consists of
three small islands within a lagoon
that is three miles across and is
surrounded by a horseshoe reef ten
miles long. Situated in the Pacific
Ocean 7,600 miles by airline from
New York, this station is still 3,000
miles from Manila.
The islands are covered with
magnolia bushes and inhabited by
thousands of birds. The only four-footed
life consists of rats, descendants
of survivors of a German
vessel wrecked on a reef here more
than half a century ago.

Oct. 12, 19336 edition of The New York Times