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Typhoon ravages south Philippines with 120 dead, 160 missing

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In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers carry cross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Penn...
In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, people gather on a bridge which was washed out by flooding brought about by tropical storm Tembin in Zamboanga Del ...
People gather on a bridge which was damaged by the onslaught of the flooding brought about by tropical storm Tembin, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 in Zamboang...
People gather on a bridge which was damaged by the onslaught of the flooding brought about by tropical storm Tembin, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 in Zamboang...
In this image made from video, people walk on a damaged road after a flash flood in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao, southern Philippines, Sunday, Dec. 24, ...
In this image made from video, people search through debris after a flash flood in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao, southern Philippines, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2...
In this image made from video, people stand while injured on the ground after a flash flood in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao, southern Philippines, Sunday...
In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers carry an elderly woman across raging flood waters in Lanao del Nor...
In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers cross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Pennisula,...
In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers cross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Pennisula,...
In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers ross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Pennisula, ...

In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers carry cross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Penn...

In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, people gather on a bridge which was washed out by flooding brought about by tropical storm Tembin in Zamboanga Del ...

People gather on a bridge which was damaged by the onslaught of the flooding brought about by tropical storm Tembin, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 in Zamboang...

People gather on a bridge which was damaged by the onslaught of the flooding brought about by tropical storm Tembin, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 in Zamboang...

In this image made from video, people walk on a damaged road after a flash flood in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao, southern Philippines, Sunday, Dec. 24, ...

In this image made from video, people search through debris after a flash flood in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao, southern Philippines, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2...

In this image made from video, people stand while injured on the ground after a flash flood in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao, southern Philippines, Sunday...

In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers carry an elderly woman across raging flood waters in Lanao del Nor...

In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers cross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Pennisula,...

In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers cross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Pennisula,...

In this photo made from video by Aclimah Disumala, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, villagers ross raging flood waters in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Pennisula, ...

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — One of the deadliest storms to hit the Philippines this year has blown out of the country's south after unleashing flash floods and landslides that reportedly left more than 120 people dead and 160 missing.

Tropical Storm Tembin strengthened into a typhoon before blowing into the South China Sea on Sunday. Most of the dead and missing were reported in the hard-hit provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur and on the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Officials say intense rainfall in the mountains most likely caused landslides that blocked rainwater. When the naturally formed dams broke from the pressure, torrents of rainwater smashed into the villages below.

One mayor blamed logging operations in the mountains for flash floods.


Updated : 2021-05-07 22:19 GMT+08:00