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Dozens dead in Philippines floods and landslides

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At least 45 people have been killed by floods and landslides in the Philippines. These are caused by the tropical storm Nalgae that will pass over the island group this Saturday.

Storm Nalgae hit the main island of the Philippines, Luzon, this morning. Here the tropical storm rages over the country with wind speeds of about 95 kilometers per hour. At least 15 people are still missing on the island and 31 are injured, according to the country’s authorities.

The storm made landfall first in Maguindanau province on the night from Thursday to Friday. This is where most of the victims were made. At least 42 people were swept away by heavy flowing water or became victims of mudslides that carried all kinds of debris.

The state of disaster has been declared in the south of the country because of the floods. Also in the capital Manila, 5,000 teams of rescue workers are ready to provide assistance if the storm may reach the capital later today.

Before the storm made landfall earlier this week, some 7,000 people had already been evacuated. Residents who are in or close to the storm’s path and have not been evacuated are asked to stay at home until more information is known about the situation on the ground.

Each year, an average of 20 typhoons and storms strike the Southeast Asian archipelago, often resulting in fatalities and loss of livestock. The material damage to farms, houses, roads and bridges that recurs every year is significant and a problem for the population. Scientists warn that as the planet warms, the storms and typhoon will only get more powerful.

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