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Help on way for grounded Philippine ferry

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  • Ferry ran aground in rough seas stirred up by Typhoon Fengshen
  • Typhoon brought torrential rain as it moves toward Manila
  • At least 17 people killed as a result of the storm, officials say
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From journalist Douglas Bakshian
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MANILA, Philippines (CNN) -- A rescue vessel was expected to reach a stranded ferry with more than 700 people onboard by late Sunday morning (late Saturday night ET), the chief of the Philippines Coast Guard said.

Homes in the city of Iloilo have been flooded after the arrival of Typhoon Fengshen.

Homes in the city of Iloilo have been flooded after the arrival of Typhoon Fengshen.

The MV Princess of Stars' engine failed near the central Philippine island of Sibuyan on Saturday during a regular run between Manila and Cebu City, Vice Adm. Wilfredo Tamayo said.

As a result, the ferry -- carrying 130 crew members and more than 600 passengers -- ran aground in rough seas stirred up by Typhoon Fengshen, Tamayo said, and radio contact was lost.

Typhoon Fengshen made landfall in the eastern Philippines early Saturday (late Friday ET) with top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph), although the storm lost strength after moving ashore.

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At least 17 people had been killed by landslides and rising waters caused by the storm, Philippine officials said. Video Watch people being rescued from the floods »

The storm, with 75-mph (120-kph) winds, was pushing toward Manila and dumping torrential rain across the Philippines, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

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