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Tropical Storm Tembin Kills 180 in Mindanao


At least 120 people are dead in Mindanao and many disappeared after land slides and flash flooding unleashed by tropical storm Temblin.

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In Lanao del Norte, the province’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported 25 casualties, while Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman and Lanao del Sur Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong said 18 people were killed in Lanao del Sur.TemblinStorm2

In the town of Payao in Zamboanga Sibugay, Councilor Lemuel Bulawin said a 4-year-old died after being trapped in a landslide. However, the rescue teams were able to save the parents and their other son.

Kabasalan town was hit by flashfloods, resulting in the death of one person due to drowning, said Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer Benonie Galambao.

In Valencia City in Bukidnon, two were killed on Friday in a landslide in Barangay Laligan. On Friday, some 429 families were forcibly evacuated as the water level in the Pulangui River rose rapidly.

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Vinta, which entered Philippine territory shortly after the deadly cyclone Urduja exited, dumped rains in Mindanao, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.

The NDRRMC said over 12,000 families are in 211 evacuation centers in the Davao and Caraga regions.

In other parts of Zamboanga Sibugay, rains from Vinta caused the Sibugay River to overflow. Floodwaters reached intended evacuation centers.

Tents in shelter sites in the towns of Baloi and Pantar in Lanao del Norte were destroyed. The tents serve as housing for Maranaos displaced by the Marawi war. The evacuees have been moved to nearby covered courts, officials said on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Salug Daku Bridge in Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur collapsed due to heavy flooding. Alternate routes are also impassable due to high water level.

In Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental, over 500 families mostly from flood-prone barangays were evacuated as the Cagayan de Oro River reached its critical level.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines on Saturday said it is working to restore power in parts of Zamboanga del Norte, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental.

It packs maximum winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 145 kph. The storm is moving west 23 kph.TemblinDavao

PAGASA said Vinta may intensify into a Typhoon before it exits Philippine territory on Christmas Eve.

The state weather bureau warned of scattered to widespread and moderate to heavy rains over Palawan and light to moderate, with at times heavy rains over the western section of Visayas, and Mindanao within the next 24 hours.

It warned residents in these areas of possible flooding and landslides, advising them to oordinate with local disaster offices and to be on the lookout for updates.

Tropical Cyclone Signal No. 2 has been raised in Southern Palawan, while Signal No. 1 is up over the rest of Palawan.

Sea travel in these areas, including the southern seaboard of Mindoro and the western seaboard of the Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi remain risky.

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