Tropical Storm Nalgae: 45 dead as Paeng hits Philippines

Tropical Storm Nalgae: 45 dead as Paeng hits Philippines


Tropical Storm Nalgae has killed at least 45 people and injured dozens in the Philippines, the country’s disaster agency said Saturday.

Another 14 people went missing after that a stormknown locally as Paeng, made landfall on Friday with winds of 75 kilometers (46 miles) per hour.

The death toll of 72 was originally reported by the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, before being revised. The group blamed the initial figure on “counting” by local officials, according to state media.

Provinces and cities in the south were hardest hit by the storm. In the city of Cotabatao on the island of Mindanao, where about 67,000 residents were affected by the storm, a “state of calamity” was declared.

Upi, a nearby town of just 60,000, was flooded, the disaster council said – and thousands were forced to higher ground.

In all, authorities said nearly 185,000 people across the country were affected by the storm, with more than 8,000 people temporarily homeless.

Photos and videos of search and rescue efforts show bodies being pulled from water and thick mud and residents trapped on rooftops.

The storms are expected to hit the capital Manila and nearby provinces over the weekend, state weather officials say, as Nalgae passes through the main island of Luzon and heads toward the South China Sea.

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