Published on : Friday, December 22, 2017
A tropical storm struck the southern Philippines killing 3 while 6 went missing. It unleashed floods and landslides across a region of 20 million people.
The east coast of Mindanao was hit by tropical storm Vinta. The archipelago nation’s second-largest island faced gusts of 125 kilometers an hour resulting in torrential rain.
Hundreds of people were asked to evacuate but the water surged higher and the rescuers could reach the area said a civil defense officer.
Mindanao has rare chances of being hit by cyclone but the Philippines lies on the Pacific typhoon belt and can endure an average of 20 typhoons.
Several houses in Tugaya were buried under a small landslide and killed two children and 5 people went missing.
Some were trapped under the rubble.
Valencia was also hit by a landslide that killed an elderly women.
There were widespread flooding in Cagayan de Oro, one of Mindanao’s largest cities.
Large swathes of land were devoid of electricity.
It was reported by police and civil defense officials of heavy flooding in several Mindanao towns and cities while Tembin further weakened and swiftly moved.
Tembin was earlier struck by Tropical Storm Urduja in the central Philippines that killed 54 and left 24 missing.