Philippines: Deadly Tropical Storm Tembin displaces 70000 people, leaves 100 casualties

A bridge damaged by flooding in Zamboanga Del Sur southern Philippines

A bridge damaged by flooding in Zamboanga Del Sur southern Philippines

Beltran said the town of Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte has the highest number of casualties with 14 dead, 58 injured and 25 missing.

Storm Tembin is the latest typhoon to hit the Philippines.

Beltran said the 44 missing persons are from nine towns of Zamboanga del Norte and two municipalities of Zamboanga Sibugay that were inundated by rampaging flood.

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

The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 120kph (75mph) and gusts of up to 145kph (90mph).

The rest of the deaths reportedly occurred in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.

Vinta (international name: Tembin) on Friday pounded Mindanao, home to 20 million people, wiping out at least one mountain village and prompting a massive rescue operation over the weekend.

Disaster officials said many villagers had ignored warnings to leave coastal areas and move away from riverbanks, and got swept away when flash floods and landslides struck.

Police and disaster officials said they expected the toll of about 200 dead to rise with more fatalities likely to be discovered in remote farm communities and coastal areas, as rescuers reached them and restored communication and power links.

A powerful storm that left a trail of death and destruction in the Philippines was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday and failed to make landfall in Vietnam.

Residents evacuate to a safer place in Kabacan, North Cotabato, on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines on Saturday, December 23, 2017, after Tropical Storm Tembin dumped torrential rains across the island. Last Christmas a powerful typhoon hit the densely populated area around Manila and in 2013 super typhoon Haiyan killed almost 8,000 people and left 200,000 families homeless.

More than 100 people have been killed after Tropical Storm Tembin triggered floods and landslides in the Philippines.

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