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26 dead in Philippines storm


KARISHMA SRIVASTAVA 18/12/2017 13:38 PM
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Philippines, Dec 18: At least 26 people in Philippines have been killed and some others are missing after Tropical storm Kai-Tak drenched the country with heavy rainfall, the authorities said.

The deaths were reported in the small island province of Biliran, a day after the storm pounded the east of the archipelago nation.

More than 87,000 people were forced to shift from their homes in the region to the shelters.

Kai-Tak, known as Urduja in the Philippines, has been crawling slowly westward over the Philippines since late last week. Eastern portions of Visayas, including Samar, have received more than 40 inches of rainfall since Dec 13.

At least seven other people were killed in landslides in four central areas due to Kai-Tak.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he would visit the storm-hit region.

"There is so much destruction there. There are places where the bridge was destroyed and I would like to see for myself what government can do better," Duterte said in a speech.

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