Storm kills 31 in Philip­pines, leaves 7 miss­ing

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Flash floods and land­slides trig­gered by Trop­i­cal Storm Jangmi left at least 31 peo­ple dead and seven miss­ing in the Philip­pines, in­clud­ing in ar­eas still re­cov­er­ing from last year’s Ty­phoon Haiyan, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

Jangmi, pack­ing winds of 65 kilo­me­ters (40 miles) per hour and gusts of 80 kph (50 mph), dumped heavy rains Mon­day on south­ern Min­danao Is­land, where floods de­stroyed bridges and high­ways, send­ing thou­sands of res­i­dents to evac­u­a­tion cen­ters. The storm then pushed its way through east­ern and cen­tral is­lands, where most of the deaths oc­curred Tues­day.

The gov­ern­ment weather bureau said that as of late Tues­day af­ter­noon, the eye of the storm was 140 kilo­me­ters (87 miles) south­west of cen­tral Iloilo City, mov­ing west at 19 kph (12 mph) to­ward western Palawan Is­land.

Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan said 12 peo­ple died when a land­slide buried two vans and six houses near a moun­tain­side high­way in east­ern Cat­balo­gan City. She said voices could still be heard from one of the vans and that res­cue ef­forts were on­go­ing.

Olive Luces, a re­gional civil de­fense of­fi­cial, said 11 mem­bers of a fam­ily died after a creek-side house where they had gath­ered was washed away by flash floods in cen­tral Cebu prov­ince. Six other peo­ple were miss­ing in the same town.

In east­ern Leyte prov­ince’s Tanauan town, which was devas- tated last year by Ty­phoon Haiyan, army res­cuers re­trieved five bod­ies from a house buried by land­slide.

A 65-year-old man died due to drown­ing in south­ern Com­postela Val­ley prov­ince, while another res­i­dent re­mains miss­ing after cross­ing a swollen river.

In cen­tral Bo­hol prov­ince, an 80- year old man drowned to death, while a 10-year-old girl died in a land­slide that hit her home in south­ern Bu­tuan City, of­fi­cials said.

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