28 Jul '11, 3am

Philippines storm toll rises with 31 dead

Philippines storm toll rises with 31 dead

MANILA: The toll from tropical storm Nock-ten has risen with at least 31 dead and 27 others missing in the Philippines which has been hit by heavy rains, rough seas and landslides, authorities said Thursday. The number of dead and missing is expected to increase when reports come in from the northern provinces that were pummelled by the storm overnight, said civil defence operations officer Edna Rola. "We have not yet received reports from the north (but) we presume that there will be additional casualties," Rola told AFP. Nock-ten, named after a Laotian bird, was charted as moving out into the South China Sea before dawn Thursday after crossing the mountainous northern half of the main Philippine island of Luzon. This area is known to be prone to landslides and flash floods, with many people residing in vulnerable areas. Earlier this week the storm capsized boats and caus...

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