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Philippines typhoon death toll rises sharply

Published on Oct 27, 2012 1:51 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The death toll from Typhoon Son-Tinh in the Philippines rose sharply to 24 on Saturday as casualty reports from isolated central islands and the far-flung south flooded in, the government said.

Drowning and landslides were given as the cause of 11 deaths on small islands in the country's mid-section, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its latest tally.

The other 13 victims were carried away by flash floods, buried by landslides, hit by falling trees and flying debris, electrocuted, or died from exposure to the cold, it added.

Eight fishermen from the central and southern Philippines remained missing at sea, the government agency said.

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