Dozens Dead, Many Missing After Storm Batters Philippines

Landslides, flooding killed 30 in Philippines because of slow-moving storm

Sofronio Dacillo, Biliran provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer, told the agency that the 26 victims had been killed in four towns.

Zamboanga City: The death toll after landslides hit several areas in the central Philippines due to the ongoing tropical storm has increased to 14 people.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he would visit the region.

A rescue operation is under way to locate any trapped survivors. Local officials have described rocks as big as cars, dislodged by the rainfall, falling on houses.

On 17 December, The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported 19 people injured, 87 719 people evacuated inside and 198 outside evacuation centres and power cuts in 39 municipalities.

"Nearly half the villages here are flooded", Mr Marcelo Picardal, Vice-Governor of Eastern Samar province, told ABS-CBN.

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"My missus stockpiled on groceries before the storm hit, but since we also have to feed these three other families we're now running low on food", he added.

Three other people were missing in Ormoc after being swept away by floods on Saturday, city mayor Richard Gomez told CNN Philippines television in an interview.

Well Semin... Tropical storm Kai-tak battered the island of Biliran in the eastern Philippines on Saturday with heavy rains, strong winds and flash flooding.

Ferry services along the storm's path were suspended due to rough seas, the civil defence office in the area said.

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with about 20 typhoons and storms, mostly from the Pacific, lashing the country of over 100 million people each year, according to the A.P.


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