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Over 30 killed, 49 missing in tropical storm in Philippines

Society 18.12.2017 | 16:45

MANILA, 18 December (BelTA - Xinhua) - At least 31 people were killed in landslides and flooding triggered by a powerful storm that battered the central Philippines since Saturday, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said on Monday.

Aside from the number of casualties, spokesman Harry Roque said the storm also affected 62,309 families or 270,707 individuals.

He said the storm also damaged roads and bridges in Eastern Samar and Samar provinces.

The storm dumped heavy rain that triggered severe flooding and landslides in many provinces in the central Philippines and the southernmost tip of the Philippine main Luzon Island.

Many flights and ferries have been canceled during the weekend, stranding thousands of passengers in ferry terminals and airports.

At least 1,200 tourists were reportedly stuck in Boracay Island, the world-famous island beach resort, off Aklan province, due to severe flooding.

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