Tropical Storm Nalgae death toll rises to 150 in Philippines: report


Manila: At least 150 people have died as a result of severe Tropical Storm Nalgae that battered the Philippines over the weekend, triggering flash floods and landslides in many parts of the Southeast Asian country, the government said on Thursday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 94 deaths have been confirmed, while the identities of the other 56 are being verified, the Xinhua News Agency reports.

Of the 36 people reported missing, the agency confirmed 28, while the identities of the other eight are still being verified.

The agency said the tropical storm affected over 3.9 million people, damaged 499 roads and 120 bridges and caused power outages in many areas, the report added.

Nalgae is the 16th tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this year. It struck in Catanduanes, an island province in the Bicol region, before sunrise on Saturday.

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, largely due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and Pacific Typhoon Belt. On average, the archipelagic country experiences 20 typhoons annually, some of which are violent and destructive.

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