Philippine Tropical Storm Tembin Death Toll Rises To 200

| December 24 , 2017 , 12:10 IST

The death toll from the tropical storm Tembin which hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao reached 200 on Sunday as the storm triggered floods and mudslides in the region. Many others are also believed to be missing.

The Superintendent of provincial Philippine National Police (PNP) Lemuel Gonda said that 135 people died in Northern Mindanao and 47 in Zamboanga Peninsula during the storm which made landfall on Friday.

From the 135 killed in Northern Mindanao, 127 people were from the Lanao del Norte, six from Bukidnon, one from Iligan, and one from Misamis Occidental, while 72 others are believed to be missing.

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Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) added that 18 people were killed in the ARMM region.

According to the state weather bureau Pagasa's latest forecasts, the severe tropical storm Tembin made a landfall in Baalbac, Palwan on Saturday night, but "may intently turn into a typhoon before exiting the Philippines" on Sunday.

"Scattered to widespread, moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Palawan, while scattered light to moderate with at times of heavy rains are expected over the western section of Visayas and Mindanao within 24 hours," Pagasa said.

The state weather bureau warned of more flooding and landslides, reiterating that sea travel remains risky.

Meanwhile, a massive fire raged at a shopping mall in the capital of Philippines, Manila, resulting in the death of at least 37 people on Sunday, as firefighters continued battling pockets of flames 16 hours after the blaze broke.