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Philippine typhoon death toll nears 100, new storm brings rains

Published on Jul 20, 2014 11:52 AM
Residents look at a fallen tree which damaged four houses after Typhoon Rammasun battered the town for two days, in Rosario, Cavite city, south of Manila on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - The death toll from Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines rose to 94 - with six missing - as another storm brought rains to the ravaged areas, authorities said on Sunday.

The reports of fatalities came in as repairmen struggled to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of households who have been without power since the storm hit last week.

"The majority of the fatalities are from falling debris and trees while many of the missing are from boats that went out to sea," despite the storm, said Mina Marasigan, spokeswoman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The typhoon has since blown to southern China but a new storm, named Matmo, was packing gusts of 150 kilometres (93 miles) and worsening rainfall in places affected by Rammasun, she told AFP.

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