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Tropical storm Megi hits Philippines, leaving at least 25 dead

The storm, the first in the Southeast Asian country this year, caused deadly landslides and floods as it made landfall on the eastern and southern coasts.
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MANILA, the Philippines — Philippine authorities said on Monday at least 25 people had died in landslides and floods caused by tropical storm Megi as it hit the eastern and southern coasts of the Southeast Asian country.

The storm made landfall on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 40 miles per hour and gusts of up to 49 miles per hour. Megi is the first storm this year to hit the archipelago, which sees around 20 such storms annually.

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In the eastern province of Leyte, the bodies of 22 people were recovered after being buried under a landslide, Joemen Collado, police chief of Baybay city, told reporters.

The national disaster agency, which also said three people had died in the southern Davao region, said the reported casualties are still subject to verification.

“There were landslides in communities and then some of the victims were swept by floods,” Collado said, adding that rescue operations are ongoing as at least six more people are missing.

Images shared by the local fire bureau on Monday showed rescuers wading through near partially submerged homes and digging for survivors in a landslide-hit area.

Tropical storm Megi is expected to weaken and move back out over sea on Tuesday, the state weather bureau said.