Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Flooding, landslides kill at least 25 people in Philippines | Al Jazeera

tropical storm Megi

At least 25 people have been killed in heavy rains and landslides caused by tropical storm Megi, the first of the season to hit the Southeast Asian archipelago, as it tore through the central and southern Philippines.

Megi made landfall on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 65 kilometres (40 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 80km/h (50mph). The Philippines usually sees about  20 such storms annually.

Some 22 villagers were confirmed to have died in landslides in four villages in central Leyte province on Sunday and Monday, City Police Chief Joemen Collado said. At least six other people were reported missing in the landslides, and a search was under way, he added.

Three other storm-related deaths were reported by the government’s main disaster-response agency in the southern Davao region.

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