Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills dozens in Mindanao

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Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills dozens in Mindanao


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Rescuers evacuate residents in Davao on Mindanao

At least 74 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines.

Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of the island of Mindanao.

Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders.

Tembin, with winds of up to 80km/h (50 mph), has now passed across Mindanao and is heading over the southern tip of Palawan before moving further west.

The Philippines suffers regularly from deadly tropical storms, although Mindanao is not often hit.

Tubod police officer Gerry Parami told the AFP news agency tha there had been at least 19 deaths in the town.

“The river rose and most of the homes were swept away. The village is no longer there,” he said.

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He said volunteers were digging through mud to try to recover bodies in the village of Dalama.

Another official told AFP that at least 10 people had died in the town of Piagapo.

“We’ve sent rescuers but they’re making little progress due to the rocks,” Saripada Pacasum said.

More deaths were reported in the towns of Sibuco and Salug.

Power cuts and the loss of communication lines have hampered rescue efforts.

After Storm Tembin skirts the southern edge of Palawan it is forecast to travel west, south of the Spratly Islands, reaching southern Vietnam in about three days

A week ago, Tropical Storm Kai-Tak hit the central Philippines, killing dozens

The region is still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 5,000 people and affected millions in 2013.



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