Storm in southern Philippines leaves at least 50 dead


Three people were killed in Bukidnon province, while politicians in Lanao del Sur province said 18 people had drowned in flash floods there.

Expressing sadness at the loss of lives and devastation in the Philippines caused by Tropical Storm Tembin, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Saturday that the Organization stands ready to provide support.

The tropical storm also set off landslides; 58 people missingZAMBOANGA A tropical storm in the southern Philippines unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides, leaving at least 100 people dead and 58 others missing, officials said Saturday. "They thought it was a weak storm but it dumped more rains".

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Last week, 46 people were killed in the central Philippines when a typhoon hit.

Police said 153 people were still missing and more than 40,000 had fled to evacuation camps as Tembin, which slammed into the island on Friday, continued westwards. That one reportedly left around 50 dead and dozens missing. Five bodies have been recovered in the village.

Blaming years of logging in the mountains near Anungan for the tragedy, the Guardian quoted, mayor of Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte province, Bong Edding as saying, "It's really sad because Christmas is just a few days away, but these things happen beyond our control". Authorities in Salvador said other bodies were retrieved upstream. "But as we are rarely hit by typhoons, people living near rivers did not take them seriously", Salvador police chief Wilson Mislores told AFP.

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"Many people were swept to the sea as flood waters quickly rose due to the high tide", Manuel Luis Ochotorena, a disaster agency official, said.

Tembin comes less than a week after another tropical storm.

Roque vowed continued government aid to the affected communities, but Romina Marasigan, spokeswoman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, described the situation as "challenging".

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In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan killed almost 8,000 people and left 200,000 families homeless.