A deadly tropical storm has hit the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines on Friday, December 22, leaving no fewer than 75 persons dead, authorities said. However, death toll from tropical storm Tembin rose sharply to 133 on Saturday, December 23, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from a swollen river, police stated.
In a report gathered by CNN, no fewer than 58 persons were said to be missing, according to spokeswoman Mina Marasigan of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Tembin, called Vinta in the Philippines, led to widespread flooding and triggered landslides, CNN affiliate CNN Philippines reported.
A large number of the deaths happened in Lanao del Norte, with additional ones in several other towns, including Payao and Lanao del Sur, the affiliate learnt.
Other causalities included a 4-year-old who died after being trapped in a landslide in Payao and a prisoner killed when the jail’s roof fell due to strong winds and rains in Butuan City, CNN Philippines reported, citing the Philippine Red Cross.
By Saturday morning of December 23, Temblin was gathering maximum sustained winds of 80 kph (50 mph). The storm has moved toward the island province of Palawan, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration.
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