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Typhoon Nanmadol leaves eight dead in Philippines

AFP, MANILA

Rescuers continue searching for survivors yesterday after a retaining wall at a dumpsite in Baguio, north of Manila, Philippines, collapsed after Typhoon Nanmadol struck.

Photo: Reuters

Typhoon Nanmadol killed at least eight people and left flattened bridges and blocked roads in its wake as it moved away from the Philippines, officials said yesterday.

The toll of dead and missing is likely to rise as officials assess the full impact of the storm, the strongest to hit the country this year, said Emilia Tadeo of the civil defense damage report section.

“After the rains have subsided, that is only when we find the additional casualties and damages, when the local responders submit them to us,” Tadeo said.

Five were killed by landslides, including two children buried by an avalanche of rubbish in the northern mountain city of Baguio, the civil defense office said.

Two people drowned, while another was crushed by a falling wall, weakened by the rain.

A further six people are considered missing after vanishing at sea or being swept away by overflowing rivers as Nanmadol brought heavy rain to the northern Philippines, the civil defense office said.

More than 57,000 people were forced to flee their homes because of the risk of floods and landslides in the mountainous north, the office said.

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