The Philippine government announced on Saturday that the death toll from the severe tropical storm Kompasu had risen to 22, and another 16 people are said to be missing.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the death toll could climb to 39, adding that reports of 17 more deaths and one missing person from landslides and floods in the northern Philippine regions and Palawan, an island off the island Luzon, be checked. The tropical storm that left the Philippines on Tuesday triggered flash floods and landslides.
Almost 2,000 people were brought to safety. The northern Philippine regions are hardest hit, the agency said. The agricultural damage there has been estimated at more than 2 billion pesos (about over 39 million US dollars).
Tropical storm Kompasu, which hit land on Monday, is the 13th tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this year.
Typhoons and tropical storms hit the Southeast Asian country regularly, claiming hundreds of lives and causing damage running into billions. About 20 typhoons invade the Philippines each year.
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Posted on: Saturday October 16, 2021 8:19 PM IST