Nearly 90 People Killed Due to Tropical Storm Philippines, Dozens Lost

Tropical storms in the Philippines that triggered floods and landslides have killed nearly 90 people. Dozens of others have not been found.

According to local officials, all fatalities are on the southern island of Mindanao. Most of the casualties occurred on Friday (22/12) last night.

"We are still trying to confirm a report of an agricultural village buried by a landslide," said Ryan Cabus, an official in the city of Tubod as reported by news agency Reuters , Saturday (23/12/2017).

He said that communication and electricity networks to the disaster area were also cut off, making it difficult for rescue efforts.

Currently emergency workers, police and volunteers were deployed to search for survivors and clean up debris, and restore communications and electricity networks.

The total casualties were reported in various places including 39 people in Tubod, El Salvador and Munai cities in Lanao del Norte province. In Zamboanga del Norte province, 30 people were killed in Sibuco city and six people died in Salug.

Three others were killed in Bukidnon province. Meanwhile, according to politicians in the province of Lanao del Sur, seven people were drowned by flash floods in the region. Another 64 people were reported missing from the floods and landslides.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 storms each year. These storms often cause casualties and severe damage. Last week, 46 people were killed by a storm that hit the central Philippines. Earlier in 2013, Haiyan's super-storm killed nearly 8,000 people and left about 200,000 families homeless.

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