More than 100 Dead in Philippine Mudslides, Flooding as Storm Hits

December 23, 2017 Updated: December 23, 2017

MANILA—A tropical storm in the Philippines triggered mudslides and flooding that killed more than 100 people, while dozens are missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday Dec. 23.

The casualties, most of them inflicted late on Friday, were all on the main southern island of Mindanao, they said.

“We’re are still trying to confirm reports of a farming village buried by a mudslide,” said Ryan Cabus, an official in Tubod town.

He said power and communication lines to the area had been cut, complicating rescue efforts.

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Residents are seen on the top of a partially submerged vehicle along a flooded road in Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines, Dec. 22, 2017. (Reuters/Froilan Gallardo)

The weather bureau said the storm had gathered strength over the Sulu Sea and was packing winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour) and moving west at 20 km per hour.

It was heading out over the sea by mid-day on Saturday and would have moved clear of the Philippines by Monday, it said.

Emergency workers, soldiers, police and volunteers were being mobilised to search for survivors, clear debris, and restore power and communications.

More than 100 deaths were reported in various places including 60 in Tubod, El Salvador and Munai towns in Lanao del Norte province.

In Zamboanga del Norte province, police said 42 people had been killed in the towns of Sibuco and Salug.

Three people were killed in Bukidnon province, while politicians in Lanao del Sur province said seven people had drowned in flash floods there.

Sixty-four people were reported missing in floods and landslides, according to a tally of reports form officials and police.

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People help to rescue flood victims in Lanao del Norte, Philippines, Dec. 22, 2017 in this image taken from video footage obtained from social media. (Aclimah Cabugatan Disumala/via Reuters)

The Philippines is battered by about 20 typhoons every year, bringing death and destruction, usually to the poorest communities of the poor Southeast Asian country.

Last week, 46 people were killed in the central Philippines when a typhoon hit.

In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan killed nearly 8,000 people and left 200,000 families homeless.