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30 die as storm floods, landslides hit Philippines

30 die as storm floods, landslides hit Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he would soon fly to the storm-hit areas.

According to the local media reports, the death toll may rise further as around 30 people are feared to be buried alive due to the landslides.

Military trucks drove through rising floodwaters on Samar and nearby Leyte island to rescue trapped residents, with more than 38,000 people now in evacuation centres, local officials said.

Numerous islands hit by Kai-Tak also bore the brunt of Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing.

Farmland in the mainly rural region was also under water, while seven people were injured by landslides and flying objects, the regional civil defence office said in a report.

"We have yet to shake off our phobia".

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About 88,000 people were forced to leave their homes ahead of the storm.

"It was like a flashback again for residents of Tacloban city", its vice mayor Sambo Yaokasin told Manila television station ABS-CBN by telephone, referring to the Haiyan disaster.

A tropical storm which battered the Philippines on Saturday has left at least 26 people dead and 46 others missing, a government spokesperson said on Monday.

Kai-Tak's winds were not very powerful, but its slow movement across the central islands unleashed heavy rains over a long period, flooding large areas.

The storm has also disrupted ferry services, disaster officials said, leaving more than 15,000 passengers stranded, many of them trying to reach home for the Christmas holidays.

Meanwhile, in a report Sunday, the NDRRMC said that almost 88,000 people - equivalent to over 20,000 families - had been displaced by the first major typhoon to strike the country this year.


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