10 Jun '11, 5am

Six dead as storm exits Philippines

Six dead as storm exits Philippines

MANILA: Six people were killed and crew from two local boats were missing at sea as Tropical Storm Sarika headed out of Philippine waters Friday with many communities still flooded, rescuers said. Four people drowned in the major southern island of Mindanao earlier this week while a boy died after falling into a swollen creek in Batangas city near Manila, and a woman drowned on the central island of Tablas, they said. A coastguard plane on Friday found a number of people wearing orange life vests floating at sea off the main island of Luzon, said the government's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The survivors are believed to be among the 26 crew members of a 45-tonne fishing boat that went missing during the storm on its way to its home port from the Spratly islands, said the council's executive director Benito Ramos. "The pilots saw some people afl...

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