Typhoon hits southern Philippines, kills 25 people

December 17, 2011 06:18


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MANILA - Twenty-five people were killed and dozens unaccounted for in the Philippines as typhoon Washi battered a southern island, grounding some domestic flights and plunging wide areas into darkness, officials said on Saturday.

Washi, packing center winds of 75 kph and gusts of up to 90 kph, hit the resource-rich southern island of Mindanao, bringing heavy rain that caused flash floods in two main cities, disaster agency head Benito Ramos said.

The category 1 typhoon is moving west northwest at 30 kph and is expected to head out to the South China Sea by Sunday.

"Heavy rains brought by the typhoon caused landslides in mining area and flash floods in two southern cities due to swollen river systems," Ramos told reporters, saying 25 bodies had been recovered, most of them drowned.

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