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Dec
22

Philippines tropical storm toll climbs to 44: officials

Philippines tropical storm toll climbs to 44: officialsThe death toll from a tropical storm that struck the southern Philippines has risen to 44 as mudslides wiped out a mountain village and ravaged another town, officials said Saturday. Nineteen deaths were reported near the town of Tubod on Friday on Mindanao, the archipelago nation’s second-largest island, where Tropical Storm Tembin unleashed flash floods and mudslides that erased a remote village from the map, police said. The village is no longer there,” Tubod police officer Gerry Parami told AFP by telephone.