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Death toll from floods, landslides rises to 150

Emergency workers rescuing survivors in Philipines flood, landslide disaster

Emergency workers rescuing survivors in Philipines flood, landslide disaster

A tropical storm in the Philippines has resulted in floods and landslides that have killed 150 people, with 36 still unaccounted for.

The National Disaster Agency confirmed on Thursday, adding that a total of 128 were injured.

Nearly four million people have been affected by the calamity which also left over 1.2 million displaced.

Sixty-three of the dead were from the southern province of Maguindanao, the worst hit by floods and landslides, while 33 were killed in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.

Another 29 people died amid floods, landslides and collapsing structures in the Western Visayas region, the agency said.

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Storm Nalgae pounded the afflicted districts with days of torrential rain and powerful winds, causing more than 15,000 homes to be completely or partially destroyed.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at more than 5.27 billion pesos (90.9 million dollars).

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has placed 23 provinces affected by the storm under a state of emergency for the next six months, allowing authorities to tap additional funds for relief and rehabilitation.

The Philippine archipelago is hit by an average of 20 tropical cyclones each year.

dpa/NAN

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