Death toll in Philippines tops 70 after tropical storm landfall
Dangerous conditions such as mudslides and flood waters submerged communities and swept families away from their homes.
A powerful tropical storm hit the Philippines Friday, bringing devastating landslides and flooding that has left at least 98 dead on the islands as of Monday morning.
The storm, named Nalgae, began to trigger heavy rains in the southern Philippines Thursday, according to the state weather service, hitting mainly rural areas on Mindanao island. The next day brought the main impacts, affecting the Philippines' main island of Luzon.
Flood waters submerged homes in Pigcawayan, Philippines, after Tropical Storm Nalgae hit on Friday, Oct. 28. (Photo via Jameel Chio/ESN/AFP)
The maximum wind speed when Nalgae hit Luzon was 95 miles per hour before the storm made landfall on Catanduanes island. Landslides and flooding dispersed families from their homes due to fast-moving flood waters that carried along significant amounts of debris.
According to the nation's disaster agency, the death toll as of Monday morning was 96, with at least 63 people still missing. Nearly 50 of the deaths from the storm occurred in the community of Kusiong, which was buried by mudslides.
The Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro region of the Philippines, Ahod Ebrahim, placed the region under a state of calamity on Saturday following massive flooding.
As of Monday morning, local time, Nalgae was over 340 miles west-northwest of the capital city Manila and is moving north-northwestward away from the country.
Streets were submerged by floods caused by Tropical Storm Nalgae in the Philippines on Oct. 28. (Photo via AFP)
The Philippines coast guard suspended ferry service throughout most of the islands.
The Philippines is no stranger to deadly storms, as the islands are hit by an average of 20 major storms each year that lead to perpetual poverty for many.
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