06 Oct '11, 5am

Philippine typhoon death toll reaches 82

Philippine typhoon death toll reaches 82

MANILA: The death toll from back-to-back typhoons that pummelled the Philippines last week has reached 82, the government said Thursday. Several towns on the main island of Luzon were flooded by Typhoon Nesat, which struck on September 27 and by Typhoon Nalgae five days later. The previous death toll for the two typhoons was 58. The figure climbed dramatically after the bodies of people reported missing earlier were confirmed dead, the civil defence office said. Another 25 people remain unaccounted for, according to the office. More than half the victims drowned, it said, with others dying from accidents related to the typhoons. Meteorologists said Nesat and Nalgae were the most powerful storms this year to hit the Philippines, which endures an estimated 20 typhoons annually. Nesat triggered dramatic storm surges in the capital Manila, while its massive rain band caused fl...

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