Saturday, December 23, 2017

Over 130 killed in Philippines storm floods (Tropical Storm Tembin/Vinta)

Over 130 killed in Philippines storm floods
The death toll from a tropical storm in the southern Philippines has risen to 133, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from a swollen river, police said.

Tropical Storm Tembin has lashed the nation's second largest island of Mindanao since yesterday, triggering flash floods and mudslides.

Rescuers retrieved 36 bodies from the Salog river in Mindanao today, as officials reported more fatalities in the impoverished Zamboanga peninsula.

The Philippines is pummelled by 20 major storms each year on average, many of them deadly. But Mindanao, home to 20 million people, is rarely hit by such cyclones.

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