Philippines storm toll rises to 10

2014-09-21 10:22
Residents gather around the body of a woman after being retrieved from the debris a day after massive flooding at Marikina city, east of Manila. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

Residents gather around the body of a woman after being retrieved from the debris a day after massive flooding at Marikina city, east of Manila. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

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Manila - The death toll from tropical storm Fung-Wong rose to 10 in the Philippines, with nearly 200 000 people displaced, the national disaster relief agency said Sunday.

Seven of the victims drowned, two were electrocuted and one died from a head injury after slipping in a creek, the agency said.

The storm triggered widespread floods in Manila and northern provinces, forcing more than 197 000 people to flee their homes and stay in evacuation centres.

Schools, government offices and financial markets in Manila were shut due to the floods, which reached up to two metres in some areas.

The storm caused damage to agriculture and infrastructure worth more than 144 million pesos, the agency said.

The weather bureau said Fung-Wong had weakened, packing maximum winds of 85km/h and gusts of 100km/h, as it moved away from the Philippines.

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