Two dead, thousands flee in storm-weary Philippines

An aerial image shows damaged Daligdigan Bridge, washed out and drifted some 600 meters from its original position, at the height of Tropical Storm Vinta that hit Salvador town, Lanao del Norte, southern Philippines on Dec. 31, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 02 January 2018
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Two dead, thousands flee in storm-weary Philippines

MANILA: Two people were killed and thousands fled strong winds and floods as a tropical depression hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, following deadly back-to-back storms during the Christmas season.
The deaths were reported on Cebu island, where an elderly woman was killed in a landslide while a man died after he hit his head on the pavement as the storm cut off electricity in the area.
Tropical Storm Kai-Tak killed 47 people in the central Philippines last month, while Tropical Storm Tembin killed 240 on the southern island of Mindanao.
The state weather service warned the new disturbance was poised to hit the western tourist island of Palawan with gusts of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour later on Tuesday.
“The residents are really sad. It is tough that we have three storms coming one after another. People have lost their livelihood and have had no rest since Christmas,” Gil Acosta, information officer of the island, told AFP.
Palawan accounted for 37 of the recorded Tembin deaths, with 60 other people still missing, Acosta added.
About 4,000 people across the central Philippines had moved to safer ground to escape high winds and flooding, the national disaster agency in Manila said.
“There is continuous flooding in some towns where the floodwater from the previous storm has yet to subside,” provincial disaster information officer Julius Regner told AFP by telephone from Cebu City.
The Philippines is battered by 20 major storms each year on average, many of them deadly.


Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain’s Mallorca

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Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain’s Mallorca

  • Video posted by the group showing the floating bodies and the rescue of another woman still alive caused outrage across Europe
  • The rescuers had refused to dock in Italy saying they didn’t trust how Italian authorities would handle an investigation into the wreckage

BARCELONA, Spain: A Spanish rescue vessel carrying two dead bodies and a survivor from a migrant boat wreck has docked in a Mallorca port after a four-day journey across the Mediterranean Sea.
The aid group Proactiva Open Arms had found the bodies of a small boy and a woman on Tuesday and accused Libya’s coast guards of abandoning them after intercepting dozens of Europe-bound migrants.
Video posted by the group showing the floating bodies and the rescue of another woman still alive caused outrage across Europe.
The rescuers had refused to dock in Italy saying they didn’t trust how Italian authorities would handle an investigation into the wreckage. Rome and the European Union have trained and financed the Libyan coast guard to halt the flow of migration.