Typhoon Parma retreats after two days of heavy rains. 22 dead

Typhoon Parma has weakened after two days of bringing heavy rains to the Philippines and killing 22 people. Typhoon Parma is the strongest typhoon to hit the country since 2006.

Parma's movement was affected by the much stronger Typhoon Melor, which was expected to enter Philippine territory (but not its mainland) from the east late today (Monday).

"The interaction between the two typhoons has prevented Parma from moving out of the country," said Nathaniel Cruz, the weather bureau's chief forecaster.

Melor, with centre winds of 125 mph, is likely to veer into the country's northeastern waters before heading for Japan.

Five more people were reported killed when Parma battered northern regions at the weekend, bringing total fatalities to 22, disaster and local officials said on Monday. More than 200,000 people were hit by the storm and a third of those were in temporary shelter areas due to floods and landslides. Power and communications have yet to be restored.

One and a half weeks ago, Manila was left awash by Typhoon Ketsana, which brought record one-day rainfall (41.1 centimeters in 12 hours) and flooded the homes of about 500,000 people.