Saturday, 23 December 2017

90 people have been killed from a tropical storm that triggered mudslides and flooding in the Philippines

Policemen evacuate a baby in Cagayan City
-Dozens more are said to be missing.

-The deaths were reported in various places including Tubod, El Salvador and Munai towns in Lanao del Norte province on the southern island of Mindanao.

Flooding on Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines

-We're are still trying to confirm reports of a farming village buried by a mudslide due to heavy rains brought by the typhoon," said local official Ryan Cabus.

Power and communication lines have been cut, complicating rescue efforts.

The storm gathered strength over the Sulu Sea, bringing winds of up to 50mph, forecasters said.

It was heading west and would be out over the sea later on Saturday, they added.

Emergency workers, soldiers, police and volunteers were being mobilised to search for survivors, clear debris, and restore power and communications.

The Philippines is hit by around 20 major storms each year on average, many of them deadly.

Mindanao - home to 20 million people - is rarely hit by the tropical storms.

The deadliest typhoon to hit the country was Haiyan, which left 7,350 people dead and destroyed entire towns in heavily populated areas of the central Philippines in November 2013.

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