MANILA, Philippines – Philippine authorities said on Monday at least 25 people had died in landslides and floods caused by tropical storm Megi when it hit the eastern and southern coasts of the Southeast Asian country.
The storm came ashore Sunday with sustained winds up to 40 miles per hour and gusts up to 49 miles per hour. Megi is this year the first storm to hit the archipelago, which sees about 20 such storms annually.
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In the eastern province of Leyte, the bodies of 22 people were recovered after they were buried during a landslide, said Joemen Collado, Baybay City police chief, reporters.
The national disaster agency, which also said three people had died in the southern Davao region, said the reported victims were still subject to verification.
“There were landslides in communities and then some of the victims were flooded,” Collado said, adding that rescue operations are continuing because at least six more people are missing.
Pictures shared by the local fire department on Monday showed rescuers wading through nearby partially submerged houses and digging for survivors in an area hit by a landslide.
Tropical Storm Megi is expected to weaken on Tuesday and return across the sea, the state weather bureau said.