Powerful typhoon kills at least 74 in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Torrential floods from a powerful typhoon engulfed emergency shelters and an army truck carrying soldiers and villagers who were fleeing their homes in the southern Philippines, raising the death toll from the storm to at least 74.At least 43 of the victims drowned in one village. Rain accumulated atop a mountain and flooded down on Andap village in New Bataan town in hard-hit Compostela Valley province, Gov. Arturo Uy said. A school and village hall where evacuees were staying was swamped by the flash flood and an army truck carrying soldiers and villagers was washed away, according to Uy and army officials.”They thought that they were already secure in a safe area, but they didn’t know the torrents of water would go their way,” Uy told DZBB radio Tuesday.He said the town’s death toll would rise because several uncounted bodies could not immediately be retrieved from floodwaters strewn with huge logs and debris.Some 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines annually, but they more commonly hit the northern and central provinces of the archipelago. President Benigno Aquino III had appealed on national television for people to take storm warnings seriously.Continue Reading…

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Powerful typhoon kills at least 74 in Philippines

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