Storm Nalgae’s casualties rising to 48; 22 missing

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Manila, Oct. 30 (BNA): The death toll from flooding and rain-induced landslides in the Philippines has climbed to 48; said the country's disaster agency, with 22 others recorded missing after tropical storm Nalgae inundated many parts of the archipelago.


Some 40 people reported injured, while nearly 170,000 were sheltering in evacuation centers, government data showed, as the storm exited land areas after barreling across the country over the weekend, including the capital, Manila, Reuters reported.


Most of the casualties recorded in the southern autonomous region of Bangsamoro, where 40 died due to landslides, with 10 still missing, the disaster agency said.


President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Saturday ordered urgent aid distribution in hard-hit areas.


Nalgae, which made landfall five times, is this year's second-most deadly cyclone to hit the Philippines, which sees an average of 20 tropical storms annually.


The Philippine weather bureau said Nalgae was tracking westward and it could re-intensify into a typhoon over the South China Sea while heading toward southern China.