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Thousands spend Christmas in shelters after Philippine storm

In this image made from video taken Dec. 24, 2017, people stand in the area damaged by storm Tembin in Lanao del Norte, southern Philippines. Thousand...
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 image made from video taken Dec. 24, 2017, people stand in the area damaged by storm Tembin in Lanao del Norte, southern Philippines. Thousand...

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, ...

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say tens of thousands of villagers in the southern Philippines spent their Christmas morning in emergency shelters as the death toll from a powerful storm continued to climb.

The government's disaster agency said Monday that Tropical Storm Tembin has left at least 164 people dead and 171 others missing.

The storm unleashed landslides and flash floods mostly in the hard-hit provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur and on the Zamboanga Peninsula. It strengthened into a typhoon before blowing out of the country Sunday into the South China Sea toward Vietnam

Disaster officials say more than 20,800 families remained in 261 evacuation centers across the south, while 16,500 other families sought shelter in relatives' homes.


Updated : 2021-06-20 11:47 GMT+08:00