23 go missing as Typhoon Utor hits Philippines
MANILA (AFP) - Twenty-three people were missing on Monday as Typhoon Utor struck the Philippines, with the strongest storm of the year dumping heavy rains in remote mountain villages and the densely populated capital.
All of those missing were fishermen who went to sea on the east coast of the main island of Luzon, where Utor approached over the weekend, the national disaster agency chief said.
The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons or storms a year, many of them deadly.
The weather bureau said Utor, packing gusts of 200 km per hour, was the strongest storm of the year.