Deadly storm hits Philippines

Tropical storm sweeps through central Philippines, killing at least six.

    Nearly 10,000 people were stranded as marine transport came to a halt due to the storms [EPA] 

    Seventy houses in Samar were destroyed and in nearby Romblon province, 20 homes were swept away.

    The storm also caused heavy disruption to transport and according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council, nearly 10,000 people were stranded aboard hundreds of ferries and motor boats, which were ordered to stay in port for safety.

    More than 60 domestic flights were also cancelled.

    Fishermen drowned

    In Quezon province, located about 110km southeast of the capital Manila, a tornado struck a fishing boat that had taken cover in a cove, killing four fishermen and injuring two others.

    School classes were cancelled throughout the region because of the storms [EPA]

    Pepito Reyes, mayor of Perez township, said the six were sleeping on the boat when the tornado hit.

    "The twister lifted the boat and hurled it back into the waters, pinning and drowning the fishermen,'' Reyes told The Associated Press.

    Elsewhere waves and strong winds whipped up by the storm caused a passenger boat to capsize off central Mactan Island.

    Philippine coast guard ships rescued all 14 aboard the boat, officials said.

    Gilbert Teodoro, the country's defence secretary, warned villagers living in flood- and landslide-prone areas to be vigilant and start moving to shelters if they feel threatened.

    The storm, internationally named Nangka, is the sixth to hit the Philippines this year.

    About 20 typhoons and storms lash the archipelago annually.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.