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Death toll from Philippines storm climbs to 40

Published on Jan 19, 2014 2:01 PM
 
Residents wade through a flooded road in Butuan city in southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Jan 17, 2014. The death toll from the first storm to batter the disaster-prone Philippines this year has climbed to 40, officials said on Sunday, as forecasters warned more heavy rain was on its way. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - The death toll from the first storm to batter the disaster-prone Philippines this year has climbed to 40, officials said on Sunday, as forecasters warned more heavy rain was on its way.

"Lingling" - a tropical depression - has wreaked havoc across the southern island of Mindanao, affecting more than 580,000 people, 161,000 of whom have been displaced and moved to evacuation centres.

Manila's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council upped the number of dead by three from Friday's toll, as the state weather bureau said further "moderate to heavy" rains were expected over large areas of Mindanao.

Public storm warning signals have been hoisted in eight provinces on the island which are expected to be hit by 60 kilometre an hour winds over the next 36 hours.

 
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