Sun | Oct 24, 2021

At least 19 dead in Philippines tropical storm

Published:Thursday | October 14, 2021 | 9:32 AM
In this photo released by the Gonzaga Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, a resident is pulled along a rope as rescuers wait on the other side of a swollen river caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Kompasu in Gonzaga town, Cagayan province, northern Philippines, Monday, October 11, 2021. (Gonzaga MDRRMO via AP)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm in the Philippines has left dead at least 19 people, disaster response officials said Thursday.

Philippine authorities say they are still investigating a further 11 deaths that may have been caused by the tropical storm Kompasu, which triggered landslides and flash floods as it barrelled over the northern tip of the Asia-Pacific islands on Monday.

Another 14 people have been reported missing in the Philippines.

Kompasu also left one person dead in Hong Kong as it reached typhoon strength while crossing open sea south of the Chinese city on Wednesday.

Kompasu returned to tropical storm strength after making landfall on the Chinese island province of Hainan and weakened further as it headed out to sea and toward northern Vietnam on Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

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