Philippine Storm Kills 10, Leaves Thousands Without Power

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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A slow-moving tropical storm in the eastern Philippines that triggered floods and landslides has killed at least 10 people and stranded thousands of others in their homes without electrical power.

Authorities say the dead in the Bicol region include at least three children in a landslide in a mountain village. Officials in nearby Albay province say at least 14 fishermen earlier reported as missing at sea managed to swim ashore on a small island.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda said a massive evacuation was ordered Monday night, when strong winds and torrential rains from tropical storm Nock-Ten began pounding his province. Some flights and ferries were cancelled.

Authorities warn residents on the nearby and heavily populated island of Luzon to brace for heavy rains Wednesday as the storm intensifies.