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Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin: More than 100 Killed

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More than 100 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing.

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Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island.

Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders.

Tembin, with winds of up to 80km/h has now passed across Mindanao and is heading towards the southern tip of Palawan before moving further west.

The Philippines suffers regularly from deadly tropical storms, although Mindanao is not often hit.

Tembin, known as Vinta in the Philippines, started lashing Mindanao on Friday, with a state of emergency declared in some parts, including the Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur regions.

Tubod police officer Gerry Parami said that there had been at least 19 deaths in the town, which is in Lanao del Norte.

"The river rose and most of the homes were swept away. The village is no longer there," he said.

After Storm Tembin skirts the southern edge of Palawan it is forecast to travel west, south of the Spratly Islands, reaching southern Vietnam in about three days
A week ago, Tropical Storm Kai-Tak hit the central Philippines, killing dozens.

The region is still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 5,000 people and affected millions in 2013.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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