14 Feb '18, 10am

#Philippines storm death roll rises to 9

MANILA (AFP) - The death toll from a tropical storm that struck the Philippines has risen to nine, officials said on Wednesday (Feb 14), as some of the thousands of displaced residents returned home with floods receding. Landslides and flash floods brought by Tropical Storm Sanba struck the main southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday and killed eight people, the civil defence office in the region said, doubling its earlier figure of four deaths. "Most of the floods have subsided and all roads are now passable, but we have two people still missing from the flooding," civil defence official Mark Yap told AFP by telephone from Butuan city. A baby also died on the central island of Leyte after a house was buried by an avalanche, the regional civil defence office said. Sanba had forced more than 21,000 people to flee, mostly on Mindanao's east coast, the civil defence office in...

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