Devastating Philippines Storm Leaves 182 Dead And Tens Of Thousands Displaced

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Tens of thousands have been forced from their homes by a tropical storm that battered the southern Philippines leaving at least 182 dead, police and aid agencies said Sunday.1E159501-F001-4AD6-9351-14A5EEB0F821_cx0_cy8_cw0_w1023_r1_s

Tropical Storm Tembin, which triggered flash floods and mudslides as it lashed the nation’s second-largest island of Mindanao, has displaced more than 70,000 people, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“People left everything behind when they fled for their lives,” the IFRC’s Philippines operations and programmes manager Patrick Elliott said in a statement.

The Philippines is pummelled by 20 major storms each year on average, many of them deadly. But Mindanao, home to 20 million people, is rarely hit.

Police said 153 people were still missing and more than 40,000 had fled to evacuation camps as Tembin, which slammed into the island on Friday, continued westwards.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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